How Does A Defense Attorney Determine The Cost For My Case?One of the most frequent questions I get is "How much is my case going to cast? And what is that based on?"
In criminal matters, typically, clients are charged a flat fee for representation; this flat fee is based on the relative seriousness of the charges presented by the state.
In a common misdemeanor case, where a defendant can only serve up to 364 days in Broward County Jail, the cost of representation is going to be significantly less than a felony representation, where a client may be facing years in prison.
It is also true that a third degree felony is going to cost less than a second degree felony. A second degree felony less than a first degree felony. A life felony more than that, and so on.
What Typically Happens In Criminal Cases
In criminal law, the more serious a case is, the more time an attorney is going to have to spend on it to achieve a favorable result for the client. That may include negotiating with the prosecutor, taking depositions, picking apart the state's evidence. Certainly, when you start with a case that's much more serious, then its going to take more time because more likely than not, the law enforcement in the matter has also taken more time to collect the evidence. There is also more to set aside if a client is to receive a favorable result, either through plea negotiations, motion practice, or a trial.
So the quick answer is, how much a criminal representation is going to cost is usually, primarily based on the seriousness of the charges for which you are arrested.
The bottom line is that we are here to help. If you are not sure what kind of legal help you are interested in at this point, I encourage you to contact me today either by phone at 954-330-8994