When hiring an attorney for representing your criminal defence case, you must ask several questions including the cost of hiring them. In this article, you will understand how the criminal defence attorney charges for their legal services which differ based on the factors described below.
Whether you charged for a severe criminal case or just under criminal investigation you must understand your rights. Smordin Law is a South Ontario law firm which handles any type of criminal case in Ontario. In the website http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=45, you can understand the civil, criminal and other legal details of BJS.
The severity of the case plays a crucial role in fixing the price quote. Many lawyers charge high for felonies than misdemeanours, since felonies have higher penalties, frequently need more court visits, require severe preparation and few others.
The experience of the attorney is another reason. Basically, an attorney with a few years of experience demands low charge. You should ignore hiring a low hourly rate attorney since they may mislead you. Hiring an experienced attorney with a high charge per hour can resolve your criminal case swiftly and also provides more satisfying result than a low hourly rate attorney.
Like the price of the other products and services differ from one place to another, the cost of hiring criminal defence lawyer change from one place to another. The standard legal cost is not possible to calculate because of these factors.
Some lawyer’s charge hourly billing and some others fix case billing. In hourly billing type, you need to pay for the actual hour the lawyer worked for your case. In hourly billing type, you need to also pay for other expenses of a criminal defence attorney including subpoena fees, copying fees and so on. It is a benefit to pick an hourly billing lawyer when your case solves quickly. If the case is more complicated it costs you more money.
The criminal defence attorneys who demand case billing set a fixed charge for the case. The cost will not vary even the attorney spends more hour in your case. Like the hour billing method, case billing approach has its own merits and demerits. Since the charge is already fixed, the attorney needs to incur the risk of any unexpected complications. The downside in case billing is that you sometimes feel that you have overpaid or have to pay for the trial.
You must aware that case billing is only set for pretrial phase and the lawyer may demand a further fee to try the case actually. Like enquiring the other details with the lawyer before hiring, you must check this too. You can negotiate the lawyer to pay the hourly billing time but only for the fixed period of time. This approach can reduce the disadvantages in hourly payment type and combines you the advantages of this approach.
Whether you pay them hourly billing or case billing, they demand you the retainer fee upfront before the lawyer starts your case. You can demand the statement indicating how much time the lawyer works for your case.