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Affording a Lawyer If You’re Arrested

partnersBeing the subject of a criminal investigation or arrested for a crime is often one of the most frightening and stressful times in a person’s life.  Regardless of whether you’re innocent, guilty, or somewhere in between, the experience can be devastating and leave a lifelong scar.  A qualified criminal defense lawyer should be promptly retained to forge a path and to navigate the options that present themselves.  At Collins, McDonald and Gann (CMG), this is what we do.  We help people navigate through these waters every single day, even on weekends and holidays.  Our rankings for both legal standards and ethical integrity are at the highest levels (AV-rated by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell).

You’ll want the best lawyer you can afford.  But can you afford a great criminal lawyer?  Many people have no idea what to expect in terms of fees.  Understanding the financial requirements to retain a criminal defense lawyer is important, and knowing how it works before any possible charges are brought is especially helpful.  Like other lawyers, criminal lawyers charge for their time and advice.  However, unlike lawyers who may work on a contingency or percentage of some anticipated settlement, criminal lawyers are generally paid directly by their clients.

Many criminal cases involve “flat fees” that cover the entire matter with the exception of a trial or an appeal.  It is customary, particularly on misdemeanor matters and state court cases, for a flat fee to be paid upfront by a client upon signing a retainer agreement. The amount of a flat fee is related to numerous factors, including the experience and quality of the attorney as well as the complexity of the case and the anticipated time requirements to get the best results possible.  Necessary expenses incident to the representation are reimbursed by the client.  Typically, higher-cost expenses will be submitted for the client’s approval in advance so as to avoid surprise costs.  CMG always works diligently to control and minimize expenses. On more complicated state cases and most federal criminal matters, hourly billing is more customary. That’s because it’s harder to estimate in advance the time and effort required in these cases.  No lawyer can guarantee results in a criminal case.  Any lawyer who guarantees a particular verdict or sentence is likely offering a guess at best, and should say so.

At CMG, we recognize that clients are often unprepared for the expenses of defending a criminal case and so we offer creative solutions to help clients get the defense they need. For example, we take major credit cards to stretch out the payments with no increased service fee, and we also offer direct reasonable payment plans to make it easier for clients with credit problems to afford our help.  We recognize how stressful a criminal case can be, and our goal is always to minimize your anxiety and never to impose unreasonable financial burdens on our clients.  We work closely with clients to make both our flat fees and our hourly billing rates affordable.  We help clients from all walks of life, and represent clients facing a wide range of criminal charges – providing the experienced criminal defense counsel that can often make all of the difference.

When you are charged with a crime you have enough to worry about.  Let us help.  Whether you are being charged with a crime surrounding performance-enhancing drugs, arrested for a drunk driving/DWI crime, or charged with either a serious felony or a simple misdemeanor, we offer affordable legal services so that virtually anyone with income or assets, even modest ones, can get the highest level of legal defense. Call us 24/7 at 516-294-0300.

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