How do New York City lawyers charge?
Common charging methods include
fees, and retainer fees.
Hourly rates are often deducted from an advance payment given to the lawyer. For example,
if a lawyer charges $300 per hour and you pay $1000 in advance, the lawyer
may work on your case and keep track of the time spent and deduct each
hourly fee against the advance payment and refund you any renaming balance.
Flat fees (or flat rates) are designed to be one total fee to cover all of the anticipated
work involved in the client's case.
Contingency fees are fees that the lawyer earns only if the lawyer resolves the case in
the client's favor or some other contingency occurs. Contingency fee
arrangements are illegal in criminal cases in New York so in New York,
you can't pay an Attorney only if you win your criminal case.
A retainer fee is, generally, an advance payment to a lawyer so that the lawyer will start
working on the client's case. The retainer fee might be owed to the
lawyer as part of a flat fee or might be the advance payment to be used
as part of an hourly fee arrangement. So, your might be charged hourly
against a retainer fee or you might be charged a flat fee and the retainer
fee might be some or all of this flat fee.
How much does it cost to hire a criminal defense attorney in New York City?
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.
Pros and cons of fee types
|If it doesn't take much of the Attorney's time, the total fee can
be very low
|If the Attorney spends a lot of time the total fee can be very high
|You know how much you're going to have to pay
|You should find out exactly what portion of the case is covered by the flat fee
|You only have to pay if you get a favorable result
|Not available for criminal cases in New York and there are other restrictions.
Also Lawyers may be more hesitant to accept a contingency fee case if
the odds of winning are low.
|A retainer fee may be the cost the lawyer charges to make himself/herself
available and might or might not be in addition to other fees - might
have the same benefits of a flat fee
|Might be in addition to hourly or flat fees. Ask your attorney about this.
How much do lawyers charge in New York?
While the hourly rate for lawyers varies greatly depending on experience,
practice area, complexity of the client's case, and the expertise
and reputation of the law firm, a typical lawyer in New York charges between
$122 and $485 per hour. Costs vary depending on the type of lawyer, so
review our lawyer rates table to find out the average cost to hire an
attorney in New York.
According to a 2121 study by a
Clio Legal Trends Report, a hourly rates for New York lawyers are as follows:
|Typical Hourly Rate
|Commercial/Sale of Goods
|Wills & Estates
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" often includes your upcoming court date and, possibly, many court dates
afterwards and all of the work to be done in-between. Because most cases
do not go to trial, a pre-trial fee generally covers 100% of all the work
that has to go into their case. A "trial" is when a jury is
selected, witnesses testify, and the jury (or judge) decides the outcome
of the case. Trials are rare. If a trial happens, it usually happens after
over a year of fighting the case. 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.
- We don't usually charge hourly rates
- We need to speak with clients to determine what flat fee we can offer
- 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 base fees on the seriousness of the charges, complexity of the case,
and the type of strategy you want to pursue
- Everything is in writing
If you're reading about legal fees because you or a loved one has an
upcoming court date for a criminal case in New York City,
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
in Manhattan. Find out how easy it can to be to put Mr. Fletcher's
experience and knowledge to work for you by
contacting us at
(212) 619-3900 for a consultation.