Everyone knows that if you have been charged that you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to protect not only your freedom but your life, your career, and your family. The question then turns to whether or not you can afford a criminal defense attorney.
The rules of Professional Conduct require that attorneys not charge excessive fees.
What does this mean? It means that most attorneys will charge what is close to a market rate for your type of case. At our firm, we typically charge clients a flat rate, meaning set from the beginning of the case through the end of the case – that way you know, and can plan, for your legal fees. Fees, for our firm, can also be broken out into payments if necessary credit and debit cards are accepted.
Our fee is based on the degree and seriousness of the charges and the amount of work our firm will be required to perform on your case. The flat fee covers work completed by the attorneys and paralegals in my firm. Depending on the charges, an additional fee may be charged for trial. This fee will be determined and will be due prior to the start of trial.
Hiring the Best Criminal Defense Attorney You Can Afford
We find that one of the first questions our potential clients ask is “How much do you cost?” or “What is your retainer?” We think that this question is completely legitimate, and while we know a lot of attorneys roll their eyes at it, we think it shows how sophisticated our clients are.
Our clients know that good defense attorneys cost money, but the question that they ask is more of the conclusion rather than the issue. What we mean by that is you have to ask yourself what goal you want to accomplish by hiring a criminal attorney.
You need to ask the attorney:
What is the criminal attorney's background?
At Patituce & Associates, our criminal defense attorneys are former prosecutors. We prosecuted crimes ranging from Capital Murder through domestic violence, and drug crimes. This experience gave us valuable insight into how the criminal justice system works, how the police process information, how judges work, and most importantly how a criminal case should be defended. By knowing how prosecutors approach a criminal case we have a leg up from the very start.
How many cases has the attorney taken to trial?
We are a firm believer that every case has to be prepared as if it is going to trial. Many criminal attorneys plan from the beginning to get a plea deal – some have a cookie cutter approach to how they defend all crimes. In other words, they might be able to read to you their standard operating procedures. One thing we have learned as former prosecutors, and as defense attorneys, is that there is no standard operating procedure to defending someone’s freedom.
Each case is different, and each client is different. On top of this, we have taken over 200 cases to trial by jury, and when you factor in trials to a judge only, we have taken a considerable amount of cases to trial. Our approach and our dedication to our clients sets us apart from the rest.
It is important that you hire the services of an attorney as quickly as possible if you have been charged with a crime. Call us today! The call is free and completely confidential.