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Is there a way i can obtain a criminal lawyer on a monthly payment basis with a couple hundred dollar deposit down

San Diego, CA |

i am facing 3 felonies but am a first time offender

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  1. Not likely, unless you meet the poverty schedule for appointment of a public defender.

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  2. I can not imagine any good quality, private attorney that would take this matter with that financial arrangement. You should qualify for the San Diego Public Defender.

    I will be happy to speak with you at no cost with a phone or office conference. Please call my office at 619-231-0401 or visit my website at

  3. Given your budget and status you are much better off with the Public Defender -- if you value your freedom.

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  4. Most attorneys will not accept "a couple of hundred down" payment for three felonies. If an attorney does not get a large retainer up front, they'll never see another dime in most cases. I'm sure many of my fellow attorneys on this site have billed thousands of dollars they'll never see. Stick with the public defender.

  5. Most defense attorneys charge a flat fee based off their estimate of how much time and trouble a case will involve. Client's often get what they pay for, so it's important that you hire an attorney based on what they can do and not due to financial concerns. During a free consultation you can discuss arrangements with those attorneys who you feel can represent you well; however, don't be surprised if they reluctantly turn down your case due to an inability to pay for the expected cost of services.

    Law Office of Andrew Limberg, APLC 380 S. Melrose Dr., #329 Vista, CA 92081 (760) 806-4381

  6. A desperate one, maybe. Go with the public defender's office. You might be pleasantly surprised.

    Law Offices of David Shapiro 3555 4th Avenue San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 295-3555

  7. Call me to discuss your case.
    I'm not saying I will take your case, but I will give
    you a free consultation, learn a little about you & if I can help you, I will.
    It's worth a call.

    Ivan Schwartz

    Ivan Schwartz has been practicing law in Southern California since 1991. The information contained in this response is for general information only, does not constitute legal advice and should in no way be construed to create an attorney/client relationship. For more information, please contact Attorney Schwartz at (619) 687-5052.

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