In the past, law firms offered an efficient model for clients. A number of attorneys worked together, shared office space, secretaries, paralegals, investigators, and other employees. The law firm model also allowed the attorneys to charge more for their services by including the cost of business in the retainer fee.
Some of the old school criminal law firms still operate under this model, but most attorneys and clients have wised up and moved on. Today, an attorney can operate a solo practice with low overhead and total control of his own business. Likewise, a client can hire a criminal attorney, have regular access to him, and feel confident that the attorney is actually doing the work that he promised to do.
The glitz of a law firm can still look impressive to many people. Some of the richest law firms in the city, which mostly practice corporate law or personal injury, can afford to own the entire floor of a skyscraper and hire an army of employees. Many businesses want these types of law firms because the image of the law firm reflects upon the image of the business. If the business can afford to hire the most expensive law firm with the fanciest office, the business looks successful.
In criminal law, most clients do not care about what the attorney’s office looks like (except for the rare celebrity). In general, criminal clients want the attorney to resolve the case quickly for a reasonable cost. Even defendants who qualify for a public defender will pay for a criminal attorney to increase the odds of winning a case. For most clients, where the cost-benefit analysis matters, a solo practitioner usually will offer the best representation for the best price.
Most solo practitioners in criminal law only accept criminal defendants and related cases (lawsuits against the police, family court matters, etc.). When some of these attorneys reach a certain level of expertise in a specific area of the law, such as appeals
or sex offender matters
, they may start to focus their practice on specific types of cases. These attorneys will learn every ruling, law, exception, and loophole. They can provide better representation than the most expensive firm, and they can perform most of the work on their phone and computer.
The internet provides an excellent resource for clients to research criminal attorneys and to pick one with the best experience. If cost is the central factor, the internet allows a person to shop around and find a reasonably-priced attorney.
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