What is the average cost of a lawyer for sexual assault case?
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The best bet is to call around. Much more information is needed. But ask yourself, how many hours do you want your attorney to spend on the case. Good rule of thumb is a minimum 2 days (16 hours) prep for every day of trial. A sex assault trial is about 6 days. (36 hours). So 132 hours ( prep plus trial time) is about minimum. Depending on the attorney's hourly fee that can come to plenty of money. Plus an attorney does not stop at the court break but normally puts in 3 or more hours after court each court day. Plus this does not count expenses, experts, etc. Hourly fees range from $150 to $1000 per hour depending on the factors Mr. Aalsberg lists. Many experienced criminal defense attorneys charge flat fees because of this. Also, in my experience, an experienced criminal defense attorney will put in more time than the minimum rule of thumb.
That is a very serious charge-that charge alone without any of the usual "follow along" charges involves mandatory state's prison upon conviction. Aside from that your brother's prior record if any is a consideration.
Tha other main factor is the probability that the case will go to trial and how long the case will take to try.
In all candor, I am as reasonable as anyone and more than most and try to work with my clients on fees-but again, make no mistake this is a serious case. Hope this helps.
No such thing as a "freeze" in office consultations. They are freely available in fact. And free. This seems to be a 1st degree charge - average probably around 35K give or take. Range is 25K to over a million depending on a host of factors too numerous to discuss here (among them whether client can afford the fee). Good luck.
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No average cost, in general the cost will vary greatly based on the experience of the lawyer you choose, the lawyers success rate, whether he case is a plea or trial, past record of the client if any and the quality of the lawyer you choose, a better Lawyer like in anything else will generally cost more. Most of us lawyers offer a freeze in office consultation I suggest you set one up as a start.
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