Remember that you are the customer! I firmly believe that the old adage “the customer is always right” should be applied to potential clients. A good attorney should listen to the problems of the client and provide simple and straight forward advice on how they would handle their case. Do not be afraid to ask questions of your attorney. You have the right to ask them if they handle this type of case on a regular basis, what their experience is with handling MIP cases, if they have had success in the past representing students, and their strategy for handling their case. This includes their billing policies.
Most attorneys who handle criminal defense cases will charge some form of flat or fixed fee, depending on the case. I typically charged a fixed or flat fee based on my estimation of the work needed to handle the case and my past experience in handling that type of matter. I also include a full jury trial in my fixed fee so that I can represent my student throughout the criminal process. Many attorneys charge a separate trial retainer that must be paid before they will represent the client at trial. This is perfectly ethical and acceptable, but the problem with this fee arrangement is it injects a monetary consideration into the mind of the client when deciding whether or not to exercise their right to a jury or non-jury trial. That is why I always include a jury trial in my fixed fee so that the student knows that once they retain my office, they have me throughout the entire case, start to finish. It is a fact that most cases do not proceed to trial, but that extra assurance that we can say to a prosecutor with conviction that “we are going to trial” can mean all the difference in a negotiation.
The talented attorneys at Grabel & Associates have extensive experience fighting for underage clients in MIP cases. We defend clients throughout Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, and statewide in even the most complex alcohol related cases. Our aggressive law firm is recognized as one of and we consistently earn the best possible result for clients facing tough charges.
Our private practice Seattle lawyers take a limited caseload so they can dedicate themselves to doing whatever it takes to get the best possible resolution for your Seattle MIP case. Much like any criminal cases, MIP cases are won through preparation, and a thorough review of the facts of your case.