One of the first questions clients have when speaking to a Portland defense attorney is, “How much will my case cost?” The answer to that question depends on the facts of the case. Your lawyer can get an idea of your case and give you an idea of how much it may cost. They will discuss your budget and work to come to an agreement that satisfies both parties. In general, the cost is less than a client might imagine.
There are two main fee structures for cases – flat fee and hourly. For straightforward cases (a traffic ticket, for instance), an attorney might have an idea of how long the case will take and charge the client a flat attorney’s fee. That will be the amount the client pays, regardless of how long the case may take the lawyer. In general, this type of fee arrangement is only available for cases that are relatively straightforward.
For more complex cases, the attorney will likely charge an hourly fee. For these cases, the attorney charges a client a retainer which secures that attorney’s services. The lawyer will then bill the client for hourly rates (in six minute increments) and deduct those fees from the retainer. The client will get a specific itemized list of charges so they can be sure their money is being used wisely.
While cost is certainly important, it is most important to find a defense lawyer that you trust to properly handle your case. Finding a cheap lawyer or representing yourself might seem like a cost-effective option, but if it results in a conviction with you serving jail time or paying stiff penalties it may actually wind up costing you more money in the end.
At Kroll & Johnson, we work to balance cost-effectiveness with solid representation. We understand that clients have different budgets and we will work to find a number that ensures you will not break the bank paying for your attorney. To learn more about our fees and learn more about how we can help with your case, contact Kroll & Johnson today for a free consultation.