The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney General in Procedure of Costs for Criminal Attorney Determination

If you are going to hire a good criminal attorney, be ready for great expenses. Surely, the costs for various services differ, but none of them can be admitted low-price, especially if you want to get assistance of an experienced attorney with an excellent reputation. The reason for so big costs is that the criminal attorney has not the only duty – to represent your interests in court, - but also to make thorough investigation of the case, evidence, and cope with other serious and important work.

So, as we have mentioned, the salary of an experienced attorney (usually working in a big city) is commonly higher than the salary of an attorney who has just finished school of law and still has no experience of work as a criminal attorney.

You may hire a private attorney or come to an association of barristers, where you will be offered a wide choice of professionals. But take into consideration that dealing with a firm, you will have to pay for the work of not only your lawyer, but of his associates (clerks, junior colleagues, undergraduates). 

Apart from, be ready to compensate expenses on supplementary materials and services (paperwork copies, trunk-calls, visiting witnesses and so on).

Now let’s consider the main approaches to evaluating costs of the attorney’s work. Under the leadership of the U.S. Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice the main division between prices is as follows: hourly fees and case fees. You may also admit that some attorneys work on full-day schedule, the others (private) have unlimited workday. These aspects are also accounted.

Hourly payment is usually fixed, that means that your attorney will be paid an established fee for every hour he or she would spend on your case. Hourly fees of criminal attorneys vary from $20 to hundreds of dollars for an hour; it usually depends on complexity of the case and attorney’s experience and reputation.

Some criminal defense attorneys establish extra conditions with their clients. For example, they may fix a certain norm of hours under agreed compensation; all the surpassing hours must be paid additionally at distinct prices. If you have agreed such a scheme, try to manage your personal control over your attorney’s work to be aware of the purposes of payments you supply (ask an attorney for bills and written reports). 

Case fees are usually fixed by an attorney for representation of certain specific kind of criminal defense. Depending on case type and its specifics your attorney will require a fixed payment. You may consider the fact that, for example, a defense in case of your driving in state of alcohol intoxication will cost you about $1,300. And the amount is not to be changed, for it is case price.