How much does a criminal case or DUI cost in San Diego?

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A criminal case, particularly a DUI case, can cost a lot more than many people realize.  The overall cost of a case can be very high when all of the factors are considered.  If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a crime in San Diego, contact The Loncar Law Firm for a Free Consultation about the cost and other consequences of your criminal case.

DUI cases have some of the highest fines and other associated costs of any kind of criminal case.  The financial impact of a DUI conviction is intended to be the greatest deterrent against drunk driving.  Someone convicted of a first time DUI can expect to pay roughly two thousand dollars in fines, five hundred dollars in alcohol class fees, car insurance rate increases, costs associated with a loss of license/employment, towing fees and more.  A second conviction for DUI will be even more costly, with higher fines, longer (and more expensive alcohol classes), and mandatory jail time.  As far as legal fees go, DUI cases are time consuming cases, with complex scientific defenses.  Effective DUI representation may not come cheap, but could ultimately save you your driver's license, keep you out of jail, save your job and more.
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Suspended license cases may seem to be insignificant, but those who have dealt with suspended license cases know that they can be incredibly costly.  In addition to paying fines of over a thousand dollars for an infraction or misdemeanor conviction, there are other significant costs including any outstanding fines on old tickets (leading to the suspension), towing and impound lot fees, loss of use of vehicle, jail time and more.  The Loncar Law firm has helped clients save as much as four thousand dollars (after legal fees) in suspended license cases.  Having a suspended license, and facing a suspended license case can feel like quicksand.  Our office can help get you back on the road legally, and save you money in the process.
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Domestic violence cases have higher fines than many other criminal cases.  Someone convicted of domestic violence in San Diego can expect to pay over seven hundred doll
ars in fines to the court, as well as having to pay for a 52-week domestic violence class, which typically will cost over a thousand dollars.  Additionally, protective and restraining orders may require moving or switching jobs.  Avoiding a conviction in a domestic violence case has many benefits besides the cost. 
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Felony probation charges participants fees for supervision.  The cost of felony probation is roughly $70/month,

Legal fees vary substantially from case to case and lawyer to lawyer.  The location of a case, seriousness of the charges, criminal history of the defendant, strength of evidence, prior success of the attorney and more can greatly affect the cost of representation.  Additionally, cases that proceed to trial will generally have much higher fees due to the time and expense of taking cases to trial.  The Loncar Law Firm proudly provides excellent service at fair prices throughout San Diego and Southern California.

Fines are the most obvious cost associated with a criminal conviction.  The fines and court costs assessed for most criminal convictions are a small fraction of the total cost.  Nonetheless, they can be pricy and you may be able to avoid a conviction or get lesser fines.  Discuss this concern with your lawyer.

Probation, jail, prison, loss of driving privilege, community service, work-release, etc. are all liberty restrictions that can, among other things, affect your ability to earn a living.

Bail is not required in every case.  In theory, bail is meant to ensure the defendant's availability at court.  In practice, judges and prosecutors like to use bail to coerce people into pleading guilty.  If bail is set in your case, you can post a bond, or request an O.R. (own recognizance) release, or bail reduction.  A bail reduction motion will typically require two-day notice, but bail can be lowered, making for a more affordable bond or cash bail.

A criminal case can be very expensive.  It is important to identify your most important goals in a criminal case, and fight to preserve what you need to.  If you cannot afford to lose your license or suffer a criminal conviction, you cannot afford not to have a lawyer represent you in your case.  Contact the Loncar Law Firm now for a Free Consultation.  619-930-9515.

Nicholas M. Loncar, Esq.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney
San Diego DUI Lawyer
T: 619-930-9515
By Nicholas Loncar    


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