Office of General Counsel

Student Legal Assistance Attorney Referral Program

The WIU Student Legal Assistance Referral Program is designed to aid students in navigating the legal system. The WIU Office of the General Counsel administers the referral program and can provide assistance in finding the appropriate attorney to offer legal advice and or representation.

The Office of the General Counsel does not provide legal advice to students. This document is to be used as general information for obtaining an attorney and should not be interpreted as legal advice or a qualified referral service.

Attorney Referral List

Be sure to indicate during your initial phone call that you are a WIU student and have been referred by the WIU Office of General Counsel. This will help to ensure that if any discounted rates are possible, they can be applied to your account.

Prairie State Legal Services (PSL)

Free legal advice by phone & in person to those who qualify.

Types of assistance: Public benefits, family law, housing law, health care, powers of attorney & tax law. NOTE:  PSL does NOT handle criminal or traffic violations. 

Local Attorneys

Justin Bougher

Civil, criminal, DUI, city ordinance & family law consultations & 15-20 minute legal advice appointments at no charge to WIU students.

Lucie, Scalf & Bougher
Phone: (309) 833-1702

Susan L. Stambaugh

Criminal Law, DUI & City Ordinance Violations. Free phone consultations.
(309) 837-1000

Estimation of Fees

This fee list is a guide and should be used as an estimate and not a quote. Every individual case is different, therefore the costs associated can be less or more than the amounts listed.

Western Illinois University is not responsible for any fees incurred with any attorney. Each attorney has a different schedule of fees and it is recommended that you contact each attorney to inquire about the approximation of fees for their office before making a decision on representation.

  • City Ordinance Violations: Beginning at $200
  • Misdemeanor Charges: Beginning at $750
  • Unlawful Possession/Consumption of Alcohol: Beginning at $500
  • Petty Traffic Charges: Beginning at $100
  • Expungement: Beginning at $100
  • Driving Under the Influence: Beginning at $800 (these charges have a wide range of variance therefore the cost will be reflective.)
  • Felony Charges: Typically case dependent, but will begin approximately at $2000

Questions? Please contact:

Elizabeth Duvall

Download Attorney Referral Program as PDF ]