I'm trying to get my husband out of jail. They told him to get a payed lawyer because the legal aid lawyers just work with the da's and don't help. What is the cheapest price i will be spending and can u give me numbers to call. I need a criminal defense lawyer.
Its almost impossible to tell you a price without knowing what type of charges and the circumstances. Most attorneys have free consultations available. You can use the Find a Lawyer tab above.
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Price varies. The only way to find out is to call around. You can search for a lawyer on this website, or at other sites online. You can contact your local bar association, or ask your friends or relatives. This is not your question, but I strongly disagree with whoever told your husband that "legal aid lawyers just work with the da's and don't help."
Lawyers generally don't discuss fees online so I suggest you make some calls. In addition, it is impossible to answer because you did not say what he is charged with or whether he has a prior criminal record.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been handling criminal defense and personal injury cases for over 18 years. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails, is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
An attorney will look at your case and determine a price based on the charge(s), facts, locale, and his/her skill, experience, reputation. It can be a hourly rate or a flat fee. There may be additional costs such as hiring a private investigator. Retaining a public defender is a good option because there are some GREAT public defenders . However, PDs do have heavy caseloads and generally, (exceptions apply) you do not have the right to fire a public defender and have a new public defender assigned.
You can use the find a lawyer tab above to find local criminal defense lawyers and call them to set up appointments.
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An attorney considers many factors in quoting a price. These factors include: what you were charged with, the court you are in, your criminal record, etc. Many attorneys offer free consultations.
While you can certainly hire an attorney if you choose, if you don't have the funds, I would use a legal aid attorney. As a prosecutor for over 20 years, I can promise you that while legal aid attorneys have a big case load, they most certainly do not work with the da. For the most part, they are zealous advocates for their clients and work incredibly hard.
I can tell you that a Legal Aid lawyer is quite often better than a "cheap" lawyer. Don't believe people who lump everyone under one label. If you can find a lawyer you can afford, and that you trust, great. If not, you may find a Legal Aid attorney will get the job done. Good luck.
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