“What is a gas chromatogram?”
Seems like a simple question, but it gets to the heart of who’s out there purporting to be a DUI Defense Attorney. Whether the person knows the answer shows whether DUI defense is what they do – or just another in a long list of things they advertise for.
The answer is:
A chromatogram is a graphic representation of the test that’s done by the cops to determine the accused’s blood alcohol content at the time of the test.
If the person who wants to be your DUI Defense Lawyer can’t answer the question, or says it doesn’t matter, you need to thank that person for their time and leave.
I was recently in Court fighting to get the Chromatograms for my client and I was the only one in the room who knew what a Chromatogram was. I had to explain what Chromatograms are to the Judge AND the Prosecutor. Other Lawyers were taking notes about chromatograms – because they didn’t know.
Judges and Prosecutors ask all the time: “Why do you need to see that?” because most other lawyers aren’t asking to see these essential test results.
Blood tests can be fought – ALL DUIs can be fought – and knowing whatc hromatography machines are and exactly how they work is essential to that fight. Gas chromatography machines are NOT infallible. If you know where to look, you can find that the machine or the blood sample are probably contaminated.
Even if your DUI doesn’t involve a blood test, if it’s a refusal or a breath test, not knowing the answer to this question discloses that the person you asked doesn’t really know what he or she is doing. Chances are they’re just saying what you want to hear in order to get hired and they will just be going through the motions during your case. Chances are no matter how great what they say sounds,when they’re trying to get hired, you will end up pleading guilty to a DUI.
If your case does involve blood testing, the Lawyer who can’t answer your question will probably end up telling you, “It’s a blood test, there’s no way to fight that.” Without even looking at the chromatograms!
You’re going to end up spending thousands of dollars, even if you hire a cheap “Do Nothing” Attorney. It’s important to your future; you should know what to ask and know what you’re getting. Even if you settle for the guy who doesn’t know what a chromatogram is, you should know your Lawyer’s limitations.
The maxim that you get what you pay for is never more true than when looking at DUI Lawyer cost.
A cheap defense is never good and a good defense is never cheap. And most estimates of what you will pay assume you want to plead guilty. You DO NOT want to do that. A DUI is serious and has far reaching, expensive consequences.
The defense of a DUI is highly technical, involving nuances of Fourth and Fifth Amendment law. It is also highly scientific, encompassing areas of pharmacology, chemistry, physics and exercise kinesiology. The proper defense against DUI charges demands someone with knowledge of all these areas.
It is possible to retain your family or business Lawyer to represent you in a DUI. It is possible to hire an Attorney for as low as $1,000.00 for representation in the criminal case.
It is possible, but NOT recommended.
Your family or business Lawyer probably lacks the expertise to get you the best possible result from the Criminal Court and the DMV.
The Attorney who tells you he is a DUI Attorney and charges $1,000.00 cannot provide personalized service to you. He has to take a large number of cases in order to justify his low price and simply can’t give your case the attention it needs to obtain the best result.
You could also shell out $10,000 to $15,000 for a ‘TOP Flight’ Big Name DUI Attorney. Chances are you’ll never even see the Name Attorney. Chances are your case will be handled by whichever overworked associate is available on your Court date.
The answer to the question: What Should It Cost to Hire A DUI Lawyer? ultimately depends on the specific facts of your case. But expect to pay a reasonable flat fee for representation in the Criminal Courts and at the DMV.
We provide highly personalized service and skillful, experienced DUI Defense not available anywhere else.
We have been winning DUI cases just like yours for 15 years. We know the Law, we know the Courts and we know how to win.
We offer these services with out charging youo an arm and a leg to cover advertising cossts or high profit margins.
For your Free Consultation, call Edward J. Blum at 213-479-5322 or fill out the easy form at right.