The outcome of your case will affect the rest of your life. If you save a few hundred or a few thousand dollars but lose the case, did you really save anything? How much is a NOT GUILTY or dismissal of the charges worth to you? That's the question you need to answer for yourself. Another question you must answer is how will an OUI conviction affect the rest of your life? It may certainly affect your ability to maintain your current employment if you need to drive to work. It will cause your insurance rates to skyrocket. It will bar you from traveling to certain countries such as Canada for business or pleasure. It may even affect your ability to secure a promotion or new position in the future.
Shopping for an attorney is not like shopping for a new plasma TV or a new dishwasher. There is no warranty on the attorney. In most cases it may be too late to return the attorney once he starts the case; the damage may already be done. The most important consideration when shopping for an attorney is the quality of the legal services he or she will provide. Price should be the last piece of the puzzle you should be seeking a fit for when shopping for an attorney. The bottom line is you are paying for results and in order to get the best results in your case, you need to hire the best attorney.