In short, it depends. Generally, misdemeanors cost less than felonies, but there are other factors to consider such as the amount of evidence, the need for expert witnesses, the complexity of the charge, whether the case can be resolved prior to trial, etc.
For most cases, I work on a flat fee basis. This eliminates the uncertainty that is associated with hourly billing. Some attorneys will charge you per email or call, but I just don’t think that’s right. I am extremely passionate about what I do and could not imagine trying to bill my clients for every minute of my time.
Generally, I will require a retainer upfront prior to beginning work. In most cases, the flat fee will cover all work required for the case up until trial. Most cases are resolved prior to trial, but if you intend to take your case to trial, we will discuss my trial fee prior to entering an attorney-client relationship.
You can pay with cash, certified check, or with most major credit cards. I have a secure payment portal I connect to your client account through MyCase. You can also access shared documents and see upcoming calendar events for your case, where applicable.
Yes- I offer customized payment plans to meet the needs of my clients. I will consider arrangements on a case-by-case basis but generally will require payment of a retainer, with monthly payments to be paid in full by the resolution of the case.
In some situations, I can advise you on a specific matter, or handle certain aspects of your case and not others. An example of this would be in representing a client in civil proceedings stemming from a DWI, but not the criminal charges. This will require us to enter an agreement outlining the scope of the limited representations.
Yes, I offer free consultations which may be scheduled from my website or via phone/ email. I schedule these for thirty minutes but will talk to you for longer if necessary!
Even if you think you will be found guilty, it is worth hiring an attorney. A skilled attorney may be able to have certain evidence suppressed or poke other holes in the prosecution’s case theory. Even if the case appears to be non-defensible, an attorney may be able to negotiate a better plea deal than you would get had you just pleaded guilty on your own.
Instead of bragging about my accomplishments, I’ll be real with you. I am incredibly passionate about what I do, and I believe every person deserves their day in court. I am thinking about the law from the time I wake up until I fall asleep at night. I begin caring about your case from the moment you contact me and continue to care beyond the disposition. I will thoroughly examine all the evidence and give you my honest opinion on whether we should seek a plea offer, file any motions, or even take the case to trial. This is the difference between me and a cheap attorney who pays the most attention when “selling” you on their representation, only to stop returning your calls after you’ve paid their retainer.