How much will my case cost?
- For criminal matters we charge flat rates, meaning you pay one amount for the entire case and have no hourly billing or rates. The fee for your case will be discussed at your consultation. Our fees depend on your case, what the charge is, what court it is in, and other factors. In general, DUI and misdemeanor cases have lower fees than felony cases. Cases in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties have similar fees.
Do you offer payment plans?
- Yes, we do. We offer several financing options, including payment plans and discounts for paying in full at the time of hire. These will also be discussed at your initial meeting with us.
Should I hire a private criminal defense attorney or use a public defender?
- Getting arrested and facing a loss of freedom, the damage of a criminal record, driving privileges, and more means there is a lot on the line. An experienced criminal defense attorney is critical to mitigating damage and an investment that can save you money in the long run.
- Private criminal defense attorneys have the time to give your case personal attention that public defenders often do not. You are not paying for a result, but paying to have the personal attention to your case that brings the reassurance of knowing that every option in your defense is explored.
- Our criminal defense attorneys have worked in public defense roles in the past and can tell you firsthand that public defenders are excellent attorneys. We can also tell you that public defenders will likely not have the time to meet with you one on one to do thorough case reviews, work closely with investigators as needed, and go above and beyond to communicate with you at every step of the case. This is an important reason that many people elect to go with a private defense attorney when dealing with a criminal charge.
- Those who have full time jobs and/or assets will likely not qualify for public defense representation or will be required to contribute to the cost if they do qualify.
- Protection Orders may be handled as part of a family law case or on their own. This includes Domestic Violence Protection Orders, Sexual Assault Protection Orders, Anti-Harassment Orders, and Stalking Protection Orders. Our team will talk with about your situation at our first meeting and determine what method of billing makes the most sense for your case.