Almost every lawyer will charge an up front retainer fee. Check out the attorney on the Nevada State Bar's website and make sure he doesn't have complaints. If he doesn't then I think you can rest assured he will show up to court and handle your case for you. Attorneys are professionals with reputations to protect.
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For every attorney who has failed to perform promised services under retainer, hundreds of clients have stiffed an attorney. Every attorney has learned to protect the right to collect a fee. Up-front retainers are usually required to b e placed in the attorney's trust account pending the delivery of the legal services intended to earn the fee. Most attorneys require a legal services agreement regarding the retainer and additional fees that night be due.
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I cannot imagine an attorney who handles this type of case not charging a fee that must be paid up front.
There is no guarantee about the reckless. That may need other tactics if simple negotiations fail.
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Most, if not all, criminal defense attorneys charge up front. My office represent quite a few out of state clients. We have a retainer agreement that specifies the fee and the scope of representation. While it's possible that an attorney could take your $500 and run, it's unlikely. There are many reasons why it's not worth it, including facing discipline with the State Bar. I don't think an attorney would risk his license for $500. As long as your agreement is in writing, you should be ok.