Having to retain a criminal defence lawyer can be an overwhelming experience, especially for someone who has never been involved in the criminal justice system.
A successful solicitor-client relationship begins with a clear retainer agreement that outlines the terms of the relationship and provides a straightforward explanation of the anticipated legal fees.
Fees vary depending on the nature of the charge and the estimated length of time required to resolve the matter.
In order to keep the process manageable for the client, retainers can be arranged in a block fee or an hourly rate.
During the initial consultation, the various stages of the criminal justice process are outlined and an estimate of the defence cost is provided.