Pro-Bono DUI Work: Don’t Expect a DUI Lawyer to Work for Free
Most private DUI lawyers will not accept a case on a pro bono basis unless there is a compelling reason to do so. Here is a list of good reasons why a DUI attorney might agree to do a case for free.
- They think you will be a good future referral source;
- They are going to get good publicity from representing you (if you are not Paris Hilton or Mel Gibson, or if your arrest didn’t make the news, then this probably does not apply to you);
- There is a meaty legal issue which could result in a change of law, or the settling of an unsettled area of law;
- There is the potential for a civil suit against the state (if the police didn’t beat you, or if the beating was not captured on video, then you probably don’t have much chance of this happening);
- You are a close friend or relative of the lawyer (yes, if your sister-in-law is a DUI attorney, you are probably set);
- There is some other ulterior motive.
For most people accused of impaired driving, you will have to pay for a private lawyer. If you can’t afford one, you may qualify for a public defender (which will either be free or highly reduced).