attorneys are asking for a flat fee for criminal defense. I thought they charged by the hour. How do I know what I'm getting for this? Is it based on estimated hours that will be spent on the case? (Is it $2,500 gets you 10 hours on the job because they believe they are worth $250 per hour or is it just whatever they want? some are like $6,000 for the same case ). If I hire someone to handle the case like this whats to stop them from doing nothing? They are already paid and are not the ones who will go to jail if they fail to act in a diligent and zealous fashion.