Friday, February 19, 2010

How Much Will My Defense Cost?

The cost of a hiring a Seattle criminal defense lawyer or a Seattle DUI attorney can vary significantly depending upon the jurisdiction, and the nature of the charges which have been filed against the defendant. A Washington criminal defense lawyer will typically require a greater retainer fee for a complex and/or more serious case than for a simple case. It is possible for a Seattle criminal defense attorney to require a higher retainer fee for a minor charge, where the attorney expects to have to engage in extensive motion practice, or where it will be necessary to utilize expert witnesses, or whether travel is involved to other counties.

As previously stated, in a misdemeanor case, typical fee will vary significantly between cities, counties, and states, it is not unusual for a Seattle DUI lawyer to request a retainer of several thousand dollars. For felony cases, retainers often start at $10,000 - $15,000, and can be $25,000 or more for serious violent felonies, such as sexual assault cases or a serious violent felony. The anticipated cost of expert witnesses can also significantly increase the retainer.

Be wary of entering into a retainer agreement which calls for additional payments if the case will go to trial. It is important the Washington criminal defense attorney discusses all of the costs with you prior to being retained on the case. If you do decide to enter into an agreement with a Seattle criminal lawyer whereby you will pay an additional retainer if your case goes to trial, make sure that it is an amount you can afford.

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