I paid an attorney a $50,000 "non refundable retainer" to represent my son. My son and I met with the lawyer four times for a total of four hours. He took no depositions or engage in any investigation of the charges. Speaking to the prosecutor for a plea deal was the extent of his representation. My son was so discouraged, I hired another lawyer for $20,000 who also just spoke to prosecutors to arrange a plea deal. The original attorney did not even show up for all of our court dates but did not refund any of his fee. I was extremely distraught and now feel that the attorney took advantage of my inexperience with criminal proceedings. I feel that $70,000 in legal fees was excessive and is a prime example of attorneys taking advantage of an overwhelmed and distraught mother.