Fee Structures and Average Rates
A number of factors will determine the cost of hiring a New York criminal attorney, including the number/category of offense(s), location, criminal history, and the time commitment required by the attorney. Criminal attorneys work in a notoriously unregulated market, and many name their price based on what they think that they can squeeze out of a new client. A slick salesman can separate a person from his money without offering much in return.
Generally, criminal attorneys do not charge by the hour. Some criminal attorneys charge for each appearance. In some minor cases, this type of fee agreement can benefit the client. However, it can get expensive if the case drags on for many months. Some criminal attorneys require all payment up front. All attorneys will require additional payment if a case goes to trial (although 97% of cases end beforehand).
For a decent attorney in the city, the legal fees for misdemeanors will start at $2,200. The number of charges and the category of offenses may lead to higher fees. Some attorneys may allow the fee to be broken into more than one payment and/or may accept credit cards or cash bond receipts.
Low-level felonies will require a down payment of at least $2,500 and will cost usually about $5,000 or more for all pretrial representation. Higher-level felonies can easily cost about $10,000 or more. Murder cases usually start at $15,000 just for the pretrial representation. Although multiple payments may be available, most attorneys will want a sizeable payment up front to show that the client can actually pay and that the client and/or his family are serious about representation (otherwise, why waste the time?).
The legal fees for post-conviction matters, appeals
, and sex offender registration
cases may vary based on a number of circumstances. Also, the expertise of the attorney will factor into the overall legal fees.
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