Talk to some good criminal defense attorneys to get an idea.
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In Michigan the rules of ethics govern how attorneys can charge legal fees. Essentially there are three ways for an attorney to charge for their legal services: hourly, flat fee or contingency fee. Contingency fees are not permitted for criminal cases in Michigan. In other words, a criminal defense lawyer cannot ethically charge a fee that is contingent on the outcome of a case.
The vast majority of experienced criminal defense lawyers charge flat fees. We generally charge flat fees based on the different phases of a criminal case for several reasons. Clients generally prefer flat fees and by charging based upon the different phases of a case, you can be assured that you are not overcharged for services that are not provided. By charging flat fees that will include all the work necessary to represent you, you will know exactly what it will cost you in legal fees to hire our law firm. There will be no surprises and no unforeseen bills.
When we consult with a client in person, we are able to tell him or her exactly what the fees are for whatever services are required. Generally, we will only be able to tell the prospective client the total legal fees after an in-person, detailed consultation.
Although some lawyers simply provide menu or generic pricing, we know that it is in our client's best interest to take the time to make an expert determination of the time commitments and legal fee that may be appropriate in each individual client's case. The fact is that every case is different and although two clients may be charged with the same offense, each case may require a different defense. For example, one client may be looking for a plea bargain or a dismissal and one client's case may need to go to trial.
Mr. Loren Dickstein, Esq.
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How much does a car cost in Michigan? Depends on what kind of car, the options, mileage, and a host of other things. Right? It's kind of the same things. These other attorneys have given you some good ideas. Good Luck!
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