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New York Criminal Attorneys - Legal Fees

How much will a criminal attorney cost? How much must I pay up front? How will the attorney bill me? How can I compare prices?

These questions cannot be answered easily. The following information provides a guide for people who need to find a criminal attorney within a reasonable budget. A number of factors will influence the price of a criminal attorney, including the severity of the charges, the expertise required, the amount of time that it will take for the attorney to provide effective representation, and the attorney's reputation and experience. For more information about how to find a criminal attorney and how to choose a criminal attorney, please read the appropriate sections.

When a person hires a criminal attorney, he wants to get his money's worth. In New York, where so many attorneys exclusively practice criminal law, a person should do his homework and find an attorney with experience handling similar cases. In more complex matters, such as appeals or sex offender matters, a person in a smaller community outside of the New York City area should look for the best attorneys with the best experience (now that technology has made the world much smaller). These complex cases will be won with written motions, memorandums, and briefs. The attorneys who handle these complex cases often service large geographic areas because they can write an appellate brief or sex offender motion from many miles away. If the court requires an oral argument -- such as 30 minutes to discuss the written motion or brief -- the attorney and client can either arrange for the attorney to travel (which may be expensive depending on the distance) or the attorney can subcontract the oral arguments to a local attorney with appropriate experience.

In general, the following factors will influence the cost of a case: location of charges, type of charges, number of charges, defendant's criminal history, and the attorney's expertise. If you imagine a thermometer, 0 degrees would represent a first-time misdemeanor in a non-city location. 100 degree would represent a homicide, robbery, and rape charge for a defendant with a prior felony record in Manhattan. 50 degrees would represent a defendant with a previous misdemeanor record who is trying to fight a robbery charge in Brooklyn. The hottest cases will require an attorney to provide the greatest amount of time, effort, experience, and professionalism before the charges start to cool off. Appeals and sex offender registration matters require a specific set of skills, and the decision to hire the right attorney can be lifechanging.

The following sections discuss the most important changes in the legal marketplace, which many older attorneys call The New Normal, and how a client can benefit from understanding what these changes mean. These sections also discuss the benefits and drawbacks of solo practitioners and describe fee structures and average rates for hiring a criminal attorney in New York.
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