How Much Does a Richmond Criminal Defense Lawyer Charge?
Our Legal Team Explains What You Need to Know
There is not a set fee for any criminal charge. How much a lawyer will
charge to represent someone for a criminal offense depends on many things.
Experience and years in practice usually affects the fee charged. A relatively
new attorney will normally charge a low fee as they have little experience
and are trying to make a name for themselves. In contrast, an experienced
lawyer knows their way around the courtroom, has represented people with
that particular charge/charges, knows the prosecutors, and the judges.
There are many questions that can affect how much a Richmond criminal defense
attorney will charge, including:
- Is it a felony or a misdemeanor?
- Are their multiple charges?
- Do you have a prior criminal history?
- Is it a simple case that requires minimal work?
- Will motions need to be filed?
- Will witnesses or experts need to be interviewed?
- Is the defendant currently in jail?
A client not in jail will be able to come to the lawyer’s office
while someone currently in jail will require the lawyer to visit them.
For serious felony charges this will most likely require more than one
visit. Basically how much time will need to be spent by attorney and staff
to properly represent the client?
Why It's Important to Pay for Experience and Skill
Hiring an experienced Greater Richmond criminal defense lawyer will normally
cost about $1,500.00 for a Misdemeanor Charge and starting at $5,000.00
for a Felony Charge. Of course should your case go to trial you should
expect an increase.
Obviously, no one wants to spend their hard earned money on an attorney.
Should you find yourself in need of one it is never by choice. However,
consider this old saying “You get what you pay for”, this
has never been truer than when searching for legal help. With your freedom
on the line, do you really want to hire the person willing to take your
case for the cheapest price? Or do you want to hire a lawyer who has the
know-how to give you the best possible representation?
If you are in need of a seasoned and skilled Richmond criminal defense
lawyer, contact us for a