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The Cost of a Criminal Defense Lawyer

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When you are not sure what to look for, it can be difficult finding a Utah criminal defense lawyer, especially if you are being faced with criminal charges. Finding an attorney can be stressful, and the whole time you are worrying about how getting arrested with affect your future. Not knowing how much a criminal defense lawyer will cost can add to that stress. If you cannot afford an attorney, it is your constitutional right to have an attorney appointed to you free of charge or at a reduced cost.

If you decide to hire your own attorney, there are a few things you will need to know about how they will charge you for their services. A private criminal defense attorney may charge you for his or her services through flat fees or hourly fees.

Relatively simple misdemeanor cases are usually charged a flat fee. You and your lawyer will agree upon an amount that you can pay up front for their services. A lawyer will offer a flat rate fee because they already know how much time and resources it will take to complete your case. You cannot get a flat rate for more complicated criminal cases because they can drag on for an undetermined amount of time.

Complex criminal and felony cases are charged by the hour. You and your lawyer will agree upon an hourly rate up front, and when the case is complete you will reimburse your lawyer for all the time he has spent on your case. Hourly rates can vary depending on where you live, how much experience your lawyer has, or how much your lawyer is in demand. It can also depend on the type of work your lawyer does for you.

There are always additional costs when it comes to lawyers. Makes sure you ask your lawyer what additional costs will be involved in your case and how much you can expect to pay outside of your regular attorney fees. These additional costs may include things like: court filing fees, photocopying, phone calls, and paying for expert witnesses.

It is possible to negotiate fees with your lawyer. If your particular case will end up bringing your lawyer a lot of money or recognition among his peers, he or she may be very eager to represent you. In this case you may be able to negotiate a lower fee. However, try not to negotiate down to a fee so low that your attorney may feel less motivated to work as hard on your case as he would otherwise.

After coming to an agreement on the attorney fees, talk to your lawyer about when they will get paid and when you will be billed. A monthly statement that outlines the work your attorney has done for you is generally a good idea. That way you can review the details and verify that they are correct before too much time passes and you begin to forget. Some attorneys will ask for a retainer – a security deposit of sorts – that guarantees payment for an attorney’s services. Your attorney fees and additional costs will be drawn from this retainer until it runs out.

Make sure you receive the terms of your fee agreement in writing for your records. Carefully read this document and understand everything before you sign it. If there is something you want changed or don’t understand, discuss it with your attorney before signing it. Once it has been signed by both you and your lawyer, it is a legally binding document.

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Brown, Bradshaw and Moffat is a litigation law firm specializing in Utah criminal defense. We are experienced in handling a wide variety of both criminal and civil matters. The firm is dedicated to providing aggressive and professional defense for all citizens and entities. We take great pride in being responsive to the needs of our clients, and perhaps most importantly, we know how to win criminal defense cases.

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