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Attorney Fees For Criminal Defense Lawyer


How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney?

The fees for hiring a criminal defense attorney can vary wildly depending on a number of different factors. Attorneys, regardless if they are criminal attorneys, divorce attorneys, or tax attorneys, have to dedicate time on each case. In criminal cases, an attorney must, in addition to many other tasks, spend time interviewing the client, reviewing the facts provided by the client, analyze the evidence from the prosecutor, interview defense witnesses, research case law relevant to the client’s charges, research, prepare and file motions, and appear in court.

So, What Does That Mean For Your Criminal Case?

Most criminal defense attorneys charge a flat fee for handling cases. This is the policy we follow at Garrett Law Group, PLC. A flat fee is a one-time, non-refundable, fixed fee charged for all tasks necessary to handle the case. The client has the peace of mind in knowing there are no surprise charges, and they don’t have to sweat at the end of each month when they receive their mail wondering how big their monthly legal bill is. Regardless how long or how complex the issue may be, there will be no further demands from our office for additional fees associated with your charges.

Flat fees will vary depending on the client’s expectations and what they are trying to accomplish. If a client wants an attorney to simply review the evidence against them to see if there are any possible defenses, and if none, negotiate and handle a guilty plea, that will be a far less fee than the client, charged with the same offense, who wants to fight the charge with a jury trial. The client should state their objectives clearly to the attorney at the initial consultation.

When Is Payment Due For My Case?

Flat fees are due upfront and in full before any work will be done on the case. In criminal cases, once an attorney has indicated to the court they have been retained to represent a client, the court will consider that attorney to be the attorney of record for the duration of the case. A criminal attorney may not simply quit working on a case if the client fails to pay the agreed upon fee. The attorney must file a motion to withdraw with the court, and the court must approve the withdrawal. Most often, unless the withdrawal is based on the attorney having an ethical concern, these requests are denied. The court may then require the attorney to finish the case when he is not being paid by the client. Needless to say, this becomes an awkward and uncomfortable position for both the client and the attorney.

Garrett Law Group, PLC does accept structured payment plans on a case by case basis. To be considered for a payment plan the client must meet the following criteria:

  • total fee must be less than $5,000
  • the client must deposit a minimum of 10% of the fee (minimum $250)
  • the client must enter into a written monthly payment agreement, with no more than 12 monthly payments
  • the client must complete and be approved for either a monthly credit card payment authorization, or a monthly bank account deduction
  • Any balance not paid within 5 days of the due date shall be assessed a 2% monthly finance charge

 What Is The Flat Fee For My Case?

Below are general fees charged by our criminal attorneys for handling various types of cases. The fees indicated are for informational purposes only, and do not in any way obligate our attorneys to this amount. You particular case or circumstances may demand additional time and service, thus require additional fees. Also, the fees listed are for those cases in Virginia Beach or Norfolk courts requiring one court appearance. Delays, continuances, and travel to other jurisdictions, as well as additional or multiple charges will require additional fees.

Misdemeanor and traffic cases in General District Court:

Felony preliminary hearing and bond hearing only in General District Court:

Felony trials and sentencing hearings in Circuit Court:

  • All cases are billed on a case-by-case basis. As would be expected, guilty pleas are less costly than trials, and bench trials (judge only) are less expensive than jury trials. Please contact us for a consultation.

For any criminal case in Virginia Beach or any other Hampton Roads court, please contact us for a free consultation. (757) 422-4646. Our attorneys are available to speak with you 24/7/365.