If you have a question about engaging our law firm or general information on fees, the answer may be below
How much are your fees and what is the average cost?
The "cost" of legal fees is far, far less than the cost of not procuring effective representation. As a general rule all civil matters (divorce, contracts, patent cases) are billed on an hourly fee basis with a minimum hourly fee of $375.00. In some cases, the hourly rate may be up to $550.00. Most hourly fee cases require a retainer of $3,750.00. The total costs can be much higher, depending on the nature, complexity and time associated with the case.
All criminal cases are flat fee cases, with the fees generally paid at the onset of representation.
We can offer flat fees in civil cases. Please ask and we will offer a flat fee option in almost all civil cases.
How much are criminal fees?
Every case is unique, but the general ranges are as follows:
Misdemeanor DUI ~ $5,000.00 to $10,000.00
Misdemeanor ~ $2,500.00 - $5,000.00
3rd Degree Felony ~ $7,500.00 - $15,000.00
2nd Degree Felony ~ $12,500.00 - $25,000.00
1st Degree Felony ~ $20,000.00 - $50,000.00
LIFE Felony ~ $35,000.00 - $150,000.00
Death Penalty Case ~ $250,000.00 - $500,000.00
Misdemeanor ~ $7,000.00 - $10,000.00
Felony ~ $15,000.00 - $150,000.00
ALL FEES INCLUDE TRIAL BUT DO NOT INCLUDE 3RD PARTY COSTS SUCH AS EXPERTS, COURT REPORTERS, AND/OR TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE COUNTY WHERE THE CASE IS BEING PROSECUTED.
Do you have a payment plan on flat fees?
Not generally. You really don't want the lawyer to also be the banker. We will consider payment plans on a case by case basis, but any payment plan would require at least 50% down and the plan would last no longer than 60 days.
How long will my case take to resolve?
How long a case may take to resolve is a very hard question to answer. Depending on the nature of the case, the opposing party, the other lawyers involved, the Judge and the location, a state court case can take up to 3 years for a civil matter, 2 years for a family law case and a year and a half for a criminal matter. In Federal Court, things will move much faster.
How will we communicate?
I will communicate with my clients in-person, by phone, text, email, ZOOM, Skype and/or Teams. I want to be accessible. However, the preferred method of communication is email.