The process of selecting a criminal defense attorney to represent you

The cost of retaining a criminal defense attorney to represent you can vary depending on the crime that you have been charged with, the jurisdiction, and how experienced the attorney is.  Before you are required to pay anything, most attorneys will typically meet with you to discuss your case, explain to you in plain English about the charges you are facing and what the consequences could be.  That situation might be different if you are contacting an attorney while you are incarcerated or are in the process of being arrested.  Most attorneys require a fee called a retainer.  A retainer is the cost to retain the attorney to represent you.  The attorney then counts your legal bills against that retainer until it either is or isn’t used up.  A more complex case will require more work and thus, usually a larger retainer.  For instance, Federal criminal cases, are often more complex, and attorneys with experience defending Federal criminal charges less common, so it might cost more to retain an attorney in those cases.  Other matters that may require higher retainers include charges that may have an individual facing a lengthy or life in prison sentence – charges such as attempted murder, negligent homicide, possession with intent to distribute, arson, terrorist activity, and rape or attempted rape.  In many cases, the legal fees are a small price to pay in order to adequately defend yourself, avoid lengthy jail sentences, or have your charges reduced or dismissed.

Experience vs. price

Any attorney you retain should be experienced, able, and willing to bring your case to trial if necessary.  If the charges, evidence, or situation surrounding your arrest can be brought into question, it may be necessary to go to trial.  If you retain an attorney based on price and not experience, they may not be the best option in the event that your case has to go to trial.  It is often strenuous to switch attorneys leading up to a trial.  The new attorney will have to review all the evidence, may want to make motions of their own, and prepare for trial in a shorter amount of time than the original attorney.  If you are able, it is best to retain an attorney who is experienced and able in handling criminal defense trials to verdict.

Contact Us

Contact us today if you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Voorhees or in any of the Townships or Counties in South Jersey.  The Law Offices of Joseph Lombardo has been representing individuals charged with crimes of all levels of severity since 1993.  We are able and ready to go to trial if necessary in the defense of our clients.  Joseph Lombardo, a former Municipal Prosecutor, will personally meet with you in a free initial consultation to discuss your case and explain the process and what consequences you are facing.  Joseph Lombardo has defended clients through trial in across Southern New Jersey.  He is also available 24 hours a day for emergency or jail consultations.  Contact us today.