How much is this going to cost?
Like other complicated but important services, the cost of legal services
can vary greatly. A study on Thervo.com found the average hourly rate
for a lawyer in the United States is $225 but ranging between $100 and
$1000 per hour. You should expect that more experienced attorneys and
attorneys in major cities charge more than the average. With us, there
is never a charge for initially reaching out to to see if we can help.
If you hire us, legal fees for services depend greatly on the severity
and complexity of the case.
Many criminal defense attorneys in New York City charge "pre-trial"
flat rates and separate flat or hourly rates for trial. You should keep
in mind that "pre-trial" generally includes your upcoming court
date and, possibly, many court dates afterwards and all of the work to
be done in-between. A "trial" is a rare event that usually happens
after over a year of going back and forth to court. Sometimes, people
think that "trial" is the first time they go to court after
they have been arrested but this is almost never the case.
Our office charges competitive
flat fees for most services which means that time charges are reflected in the total
fee. This is different from an hourly arrangement where you pay for every
hour or portion thereof spent on each task performed by the lawyer, even
for phone calls and travel to court.
With our firm:
- There is never a charge for initially reaching out to see if we can help
- We charge reasonable rates for quality criminal defense
- We accept most major credit/debit cards
- We charge flat fees, so you won't have any surprises
- We can often offer payment plans
- We base fees on the seriousness of the charges, complexity of the case,
and the type of strategy you want
- Everything is in writing
- May always charge hourly rates, which can be costly
- May have hidden fees
- May never accept payment arrangements and always demand full payment in advance
- May charge extra for traveling to court or to file motions
- May not offer clear, written terms
Contact Us for Help.
Before hiring anyone, you should feel comfortable about legal fees and
the plan for your defense. We do not sacrifice quality for volume, and
it's important to us that we take the necessary time to do everything
possible to help our clients.
Lance Fletcher handles criminal defense almost exclusively, he has expertise
and experience that the average neighborhood lawyer who handles divorces
one day and real estate closings the next, simply won't have. It always
makes sense to hire the right lawyer for the case, and saving a few dollars
in the short term could cost you in the long term in a missed opportunity
for a dismissal or a more favorable disposition.
Whatever you do, don't wait to talk to a lawyer if you're facing
a criminal accusation. Even if you haven't figured out how you are
going to pay for it, you need to know what you are up against. The earlier
a proactive criminal defense lawyer gets involved, the more opportunities
there are to get the right outcome.
Call or contact New York City Criminal Defense Attorney Lance L. Fletcher.
The case evaluation is confidential and his office is conveniently located
Find out how easy it can to be to put Mr. Fletcher's experience and
knowledge to work for you by
(212) 619-3900 for a consultation.