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How much should i expect to spend on a defense attorney for petit larceny?

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So long story short, i was with my roommate at Walmart buying groceries. He was shoplifting and i wasn't. but i got arrested because i was with him. They thought i was his partner in stealing. I spoke to a defense attorney and he said the best thing for me right now is to try and get an ACD and that his fee is $1500. Is this price reasonable?

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  1. That price is certainly reasonable.

  2. There is no correct answer. Attorneys charge prices that vary widely byou should consult with a number if attorneys before deciding. If you are financially eligible the court may appoint counsel. Good luck.

    I have been a criminal attorney in New York for almost 25 years. website: Phone #: 718-208-6094 email: This answer is only for informational purposes and is not meant as legal advice.

  3. Lawyers charge based on their experience and the complexity of the case.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been doing criminal defense work for over 16 years. I was named to the Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York for 2012 and 2013. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Martindale-Hubbell has given me its highest rating - AV Preeminent - in the areas of Criminal Law, Personal Injury, and Litigation. According to Martindale-Hubbell”AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence." Fewer than 8% of attorneys achieve an AV Preeminent rating. I also have the highest ranking – “superb” – on Avvo. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.

  4. That definitely sounds reasonable for a case like this. Expect to spend more if the case actually proceeds to trial, though.

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