Fees

Free initial consultation.

Defense lawyers charge by what is called a “flat fee” or “retainer” rather than billing on the basis of an hourly fee as a family or real estate lawyer might do. The flat fee is a sum which is set as the total fee for all attorney services which might be necessary in a case, including the possibility of a jury trial.

Criminal defense lawyers set their fees on the basis of their level of experience and skill, and the seriousness or complexity of the case.

Fee Ranges (2005) : $2,500 to $7,500 in misdemeanor cases. $5,000 to $15,000 for non-violent felony representation in Minnesota state courts. Serious felony cases involving death or losses of millions of dollars, which should not be handled by inexperienced defense lawyers, often require fees of $20,000 and up. Those few of us who practice regularly in federal court generally charge higher fees for cases in that jurisdiction than we would for similar state court cases, due to the seriousness of the penalties imposed in federal court and the specialized knowledge we have about the federal court system.