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Can I ask a attorney to return some of the money back cuz I'm not happy with the offer thats being offered.

Los Angeles, CA |

My nephew is charged with 11359 n has no record or ever been arrested n has a weed card. He hired a attorney that specializes in marijuana cases. At the time of the consultation attorney claimed how he's friends with DA n they eat,go out,drive to work together n he's gonna ask for a dismissal. So he paid $1,700 to start. By the 3rd court date nothing happened so attorney asked for the remaing $3,300. This is the 5th court date and the offer is a felony, 5 yr probation,$5,000 fine and $3,000 to the police dept. He advised my nephew if they go to trial he will loose. First time offender, no record, and has a medical card that was verified. The amount of weed that was found in the house was legal. I read cases on his website about the dismissals w/priors on parole get misdemeanor.

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1st place to look is the exact language in the written fee agreement for the lawyer's services. The fee paid may have been a non-refundable retainer, or a flat fee, which means there's no money back option. The references to $5,000 sound like a flat fee, and this is often how criminal lawyers chrage fr their work.

If the lawyer's services are hourly, then no matter what the fee agreement says, the lawyer's entitled to be paid the reasonable value of their services. Also, no lawyer guarantees any outcome, and I'm guessing the fee agreement does specify that.

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A few things to consider, the nature of the fee agreement, the need to remove all the "attorney comments" and the fact that your nephew may have just avoided jail time. Things "happen" beyond what is perceived by clients and thier families. A few facts would be needed to comment further as toe the "weed" card. They are called Marijuana Medical Need Cards. Cursory exam of the facts would be he would not have been arrested without other facts. Please attempt to famliarize yourself with the statute. A RETAINER for a felony at 5k is market. I have done them for less and regret it. Speak with his attorney and you hve no standing to take any legal action. Good luck.

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You can certainly ask for a partial refund. However, you'll want to review your fee agreement with the attorney. Attorneys do not guarantee outcomes and are subject to the facts as presented. As mentioned by my colleague, it looks like your nephew has avoided jail time. Without substantially more information, that would appear to be a good thing. The fee charged seems reasonable.

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