Most people know that they need an attorney after they've been arrested. But so few realize that oftentimes the most important time to hire an attorney is before you've been arrested. We're all familiar with our “right to remain silent”, but it astonishes us that so few people remember to exercise that right when the police “ask” you to come down to the police station to “straighten things out” or “tell your side of the story.” The police must advise you of your Miranda rights, and you should exercise them!
There are few things scarier than being accused of a crime. The police typically keep you in the dark, and often you don't even know what you've been accused of until you're hauled from your home to be brought before the judge. Most people have never been accused of such a thing before, and they don't know what to expect. We typically receive questions ranging from Can I win at trial? to Do I have to go to trial? to Will I go to jail? to How much will this cost?
So how do you choose the attorney who can best protect you? There are three things you should look for in a criminal defense attorney: experience, understanding, and affordability.
We are widely experienced in the full gamut of criminal charges, from traffic infractions all the way to murder. We have successfully gone to trial on many different types of felonies, including attempted murder, drug charges, forgeries, rapes, assaults, robberies, burglaries, and DWI. We are also well versed in misdemeanor matters, such as harassment, simple assault, and all traffic matters.
We well know that there are always collateral effects for anyone charged with a crime. Everyone has a family who will be affected by what you are accused of. Maybe that means the wage earner is in jail, and the family can't pay their bills. Maybe that means you'll lose your license and can't bring children to school or elderly parents to doctor appointments. Maybe you're just scared. We understand that. We also understand that oftentimes the person accused of the crime is incarcerated and can't come to our offices, so we will come to see you at the jail. And we know that emergencies like an arrest don't always happen during business hours, which is why we have an emergency feature on our telephone answering system, so that you can always reach an attorney – day or night – when an emergency occurs.
Cost is certainly a factor when choosing an attorney. But our clients understand that serious crimes require serious, skillful representation. The last thing you want to say to yourself is “I could have done better if I had only spent the money on the right attorney.” Generally speaking, you can expect fees of:
- $3,500 - $5,000 retainers on felonies;
- $1,000 - $1,500 retainers on misdemeanors;
- $350 - $500 retainers on violations; and
- $250 for traffic tickets
Of course, every case is different and we cannot quote you a fee that is fair to you and fair to us without first speaking to you and learning about you and your case. We're happy to come see you at the jail if needed. While we do charge a small consultation fee for a jail visit, we apply that fee toward your retainer if you ultimately choose to retain us.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, or the police want to talk and get "your side of the story," call Frost & Kavanaugh. We can help!