We handle all of our criminal defense cases on a fixed fee basis, which is very common for criminal cases. However, most firms charge a single fixed fee that covers everything from the first appearance through a jury trial.
The problem with that kind of pricing structure, for the client, is that 97% of all criminal cases are resolved without the client ever having a trial. Sometimes, the client qualifies for a diversion program, and the case is handled to conclusion relatively quickly.
We don’t think it’s fair that you should pay the same price for a case we resolve by securing your admission in a diversion program that leads to the case being dismissed within six months as you would for a case that goes on for two years with multiple court appearances, ending in a three-day jury trial.
At Brian Hobbs Law, Our Sliding Fee Is Different
We operate with a sliding fee designed to be fair to you by charging you only for what you need. We don’t think it’s fair to charge every single client for a trial when, in reality, only three out of every 100 clients will actually need one.
Furthermore, if this is your first arrest, or you don’t have a felony record, our extensive experience typically allows us to handle your case effectively and efficiently, and in many instances quickly, in order to get you back to work and back to your life. That efficiency leads to savings that are passed on to you. You don’t pay for what you don’t need.
We believe that our fee should be proportionate to the amount of work that goes into your case. These days, too many people are unable to afford a lawyer and, as a result, are at risk of being stuck with a public defender they didn’t hire and don’t trust, or worse, try to handle their case themselves.
As a result, our fees are based on different levels of representation depending on whether your case is handled through a diversion program prior to indictment, a negotiated resolution after indictment, or a trial.
Our knowledge and experience allow us to handle your criminal defense case both efficiently and effectively. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel. We are better at using our time and our energy and believe in passing those cost savings to the client. Being charged with a criminal case is stressful enough without having to worry about being taken advantage of.