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What types of retainers exist for criminal defense cases in California? Should a client accept a non-refundable retainer offered by the Crim Defense lawyer or should he demand from the lawyer a retainer, if such a retainer exists off course, that will refund the client for the amount remaining that the lawyer has not used up. let's say a peson pays $3000 for a felony case and the lawyer uses up $2500 - is there such a retainer that will refund the client for the rest $500. If it exists then what is it called and is the retainer applicable to felony criminal defense cases. Is it also standard practice, a.k.a. for a lawyer, in a felony case, to demand first from the client to agree to hire the lawyer and only then will the lawyer will send a wtitten copy of the retainer. Is that normalOr in other words, is it standard practice for the Criminla Defense lawyer to decline the client's request for a written copy of the retainer, for a reason that the lawyer has spend enough time already discussing the case for free with the client. Thus,in this case, the lawyer agrees only to verbally explain the retainer to the client, but will send the written copy of the retainer to the client only if the client agrees, beforehand, to hire him. What I am wandering is this - is that request reasonable from the lawyer or should a person demand to mandatorily receive or see a copy of the retainer and only then hire the lawyer.