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

Other lawyers:

  • 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 in Manhattan.

Find out how easy it can to be to put Mr. Fletcher's experience and knowledge to work for you by contacting usat (212) 619-3900 for a consultation.

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