How Much Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Cost?
The attorney’s fees for criminal defense representation will usually be between $1500-100,000, depending on the complexity of the case, as well as other factors. It all comes down to how much time our lawyers must spend to defend you as well as the expertise required. We have defended clients charged with criminal cases in Louisiana for over 19 years. Therefore, we have developed our expertise over thousands of hours of criminal defense experience. We are able to make decisions about criminal cases relatively quickly compared to a lawyer unfamiliar with criminal charges. Also, we have developed many relationships with prosecutors, judges, and court staff throughout Louisiana that allows us to defend our clients more efficiently. When you hire us for your criminal charge in Louisiana, you are hiring us for our expertise, not so we can learn the law.
Call or email us here and we will give you our fee over the phone. You do not need to come into the office. We also offer Zoom conferencing if you prefer video. There is no need to burn up your afternoon going from lawyer office to lawyer office. If you check out our website and videos, you will get to know Mr. Barkemeyer well very quickly.
Our attorney fees for criminal defense are always flat fees. That means we will establish a fee for the entire case. Therefore, as the client, you will know exactly what to expect with no surprise invoices down the road like many lawyers do. The reason we offer flat fees is because we are a criminal defense law firm; therefore, we know what a case will require. We have defended thousands of clients. We have seen it all.
An example of a flat fee would be $4000 for the representation of your DWI in criminal court as well as the Administrative Hearing regarding your driver’s license. We will defend you all the way until the case is resolved whether it is a diversion program, dismissal, 894 plea, conviction, etc. If you desire trial, we may have an additional stated fee for that. We will set that fee up front specifically so you will know how to best weigh your options. Transparency is the key. Our clients have always appreciated the flat fee because they can budget for it easily and they can trust Mr. Barkemeyer and our DWI lawyers.
Depending on your case, we may offer separate flat fees for separate phases of a case including the Pre-Arrest, Pre-Trial, and Trial. We may offer a specific fee for each phase because not every case goes through all these phases. For instance, a client may not want to go to trial, therefore, we do not charge a trial fee. We will let you know prior to representation exactly what every fee would be if we do break it up for you.
Expert Witnesses and Investigation
Apart from attorney’s fees are possible fees to hire expert witnesses and conduct extensive investigation if you desired a criminal trial. Depending on your case, you may decide you want to hire an expert witness to testify regarding an issue in the case. This witness could cost thousands of dollars. The cost of that witness would not come out of the attorney’s fee. That is separate.
Form of Payment of Attorney Fees
In some situations, we can offer payment plans which would require half of the fee up front. We would then agree that you would make monthly payments for the balance. We offer every conceivable form of payment you can think of including cash, credit/debit card, PayPal, money orders, cashier’s check, apps, etc. You do not have to come into the office to hire our criminal defense attorneys. We can email the fee agreement to you with the ways to make the payment electronically, if you prefer. We are a technologically progressive law firm. Therefore, we do all we can to run efficiently and make our client’s lives easier and save them time and money.
Reasonable Fees for the Best Representation
Many people want the best lawyer for the best price. Since we are a modern-style law firm, we are able to keep out expenses down, which allows us to keep our fees reasonable for our clients. We are not the cheapest lawyer around because we plan to spend time on your case and we have a lot of experience and expertise in criminal defense. You can be sure that our attorneys handling your case are highly experienced at handling your type of criminal charge. Attorney fees are just like buying anything else…you get what you pay for.
The worst mistake we hear is when someone needing an attorney calls our office and says they are looking for the “best price” for a lawyer or the “cheapest lawyer.” The person is assuming that all lawyers will do the same thing. When you hire a lawyer, you are hiring another human being to provide legal advice to you, to examine evidence and defenses in a case, and to communicate with prosecutors, judges, probation officers, court staff, witnesses, and many others regarding your case. Each lawyer would NOT do this the same way. You have got to consider what you will be getting when you hire that lawyer for the cheapest price. Ask yourself these questions:
- Is he going to make me the most important client he has?
- Is she cheap because she’s trying to get experience?
- Does nobody else want to hire him, so he takes anything he can get? Why?
- Does she have an alcohol or drug addiction that she is fighting?
- Is she going to just take my money and I’ll never hear from her again?
Experience and Communication
Our attorneys provide top-notch criminal defense representation in all areas of Louisiana. We have a combined over 100 years of legal experience. We know how to get the best results for our clients in any criminal case. Our mission is to provide excellent representation while providing excellent communication to our clients. When a client calls us, we call them back. When a client emails us with a question, we give an answer. We thoroughly explain the criminal court process so our clients and their family members know what to expect during such a scary time. If you or someone you know needs the best criminal defense attorney for their case, feel free to call or email us here.