Should I hire a Jacksonville criminal lawyer to defend me? Do I need a Florida criminal defense attorney to help me with my case? Can I afford to hire an attorney? One of the main concerns for a person when hiring a lawyer is the price. If you are charged with a crime, you may qualify for a public defender. For one reason or another, you may not want to have a public defender represent you. You decide to look for an attorney that you feel would represent you the best. You call different Jacksonville lawyers and talk to them about your case. You discuss the possible defenses and outcomes. You also talk about price. You want to know how much it is going to cost to hire the lawyer.
The price of an attorney varies depending on the type of criminal charge you are facing and the circumstances of your case. A Jacksonville petty theft charge is a misdemeanor. This is a more minor offense than a Jacksonville grand theft case. Grand theft is a felony. Under normal circumstances, the grand theft will cost you more than a petty theft. There are unusual circumstances were a petty theft case might cost more than a grand theft. If the petty theft case involves extensive litigation, this may end up costing more in the end. The best thing to do is talk to the attorney that you plan on hiring about the attorney’s fees. Be honest and disclose every aspect of your case and your criminal record. That way, your attorney can work with you on the fee.
Another factor that may affect the price of your Jacksonville lawyer is the stage of the case. It is always best to hire an attorney right away. If you delay, you may end up paying more upfront. It is hard to split up the attorney’s fee when the case has already been pending for month, because the attorney must “catch up” on your case. Basically, you and your attorney are at a disadvantage, because she is getting a late start on defending against your charges. I have always said that the best defense is a good offense. If you hire a criminal lawyer right away, she can work on you case before the prosecutor does. This puts the two of you at an advantage. It also means that she may be able to dispose of you case earlier which winds up costing you less money.
The bottom line is that if you want to know how much money it is going to cost to hire a lawyer, you need to talk to the lawyer. You need to give the lawyer as much information as you can, so she can give you the best price possible. If you have any questions about hiring an attorney, call 20 Miles Law at (904) 564-2525.