Is it normal for a criminal defense attorney to charge up front? 26 Answers as of April 25, 2013My wife and I have been shopping around for a criminal defense attorney for our son (he is being charged with assault). Most of the attorneys that we have spoken with have mentioned something about requiring payment up front.
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
On criminal cases the fee in normally charged up front. This takes away the pressure for the defendant to settle the case on money reasons alone. It also insures that the attorney is paid if the defendant goes to jail.
Answer Applies to: California
Law Office of Paul Carmouche | Paul J Carmouche
The answer is yes, most criminal defense lawyers require a payment up front. The reason for the"up front" payment is that the client is likely to be found guilty and sentenced to pay a fine or jail or both and the likelihood of the lawyer being paid at the end of the case goes down greatly. Therefore, lawyers need to get the money up front.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
Virtually every defense attorney I know charges what we refer to as a "retainer". In many cases, this is a partial payment, kind of a "commitment" on the part of the lawyer to file an appearance to represent the defendant in court. In some cases, the lawyer will want payment in full before agreeing to appear and represent the defendant.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Rogoway Green, LLP | Douglas Green
Yes, most criminal defense attorneys require some or all of the retainer or money up front. It really is just the nature of the business and the fact that most defense attorneys have been mistreated by a client who refused to pay upon resolution of their case. Once that has happened, that attorney will start requiring money up front - it is too hard, time-consuming, and expensive to chase former clients around for payment and it rarely ends up being cost-effective to do so.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
TAMBASCO & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Attorneys at Law | R. Tambasco
Most practitioners would charge a flat rate for battery. Some will ask for the fee up front while some will accept a partial up front payment followed by payments. It will vary depending of the case type, circumstances and experience of the attorney.
Answer Applies to: Indiana