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Much Ado About Nothing

by @ 4:16 pm on June 29, 2007. Filed under Virginia, Virginia Abuser Fees, Virginia Politics

Not Larry Sabato seems to think there’s something wrong with how much Delegate Dave Albo, who is also an attorney, charges for a DUI defense.

Albo, of course, is the chief architect of the abuser fees that go into effect on Sunday, but I don’t see the connection.

DUI is a serious crime. It’s a Class 1 Misdomeanor in Virginia, meaning you could go to jail for up to a year if convicted. Depending on the BAC level and any previous DUI convictions, there may be mandatory jail time involved. If you are convicted, you will lose your driving privilege for one year. And, to top it off, your insurance will go up if it isn’t canceled outright.

All of this was true before the abuser fees went into place, meaning that anyone charged with a DUI would have been wise to higher an attorney long before the abuser fees ever came into existence. And a $ 4,500 flat fee for a DUI defense is not unreasonable considering the work that has to be done and the skill and experience that goes into specializing in an area like this.

I happen to think that Dave Albo blew it on the abuser fees, but I don’t see why what he charges for his services is at all relevant.

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