Effective and Affordable Criminal Defense Attorney
At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., we pride ourselves on providing the best possible value to our clients while at the same time, delivering the highest level of legal defense available in Michigan. Affordable does not mean cheap; it means a fair price for top quality criminal defense.
As with most every profession, criminal defense attorneys in Michigan come in a wide variety of price ranges. Similarly, they also come in a very broad range of quality and effectiveness. Unfortunately for the prospective client who is charged with a felony or misdemeanor and who needs emergency help, it is really difficult to know what lawyer is the best for them and who charges a fair and reasonable fee. Often, the best fit for a client is not a lawyer who is the most expensive and is virtually never the least expensive. It is possible to find an effective and affordable criminal defense attorney, but a client should not trust their fate to the lowest bidder.
How do you know if a lawyer is charging a fair and reasonable fee?
Attorney fees are guided by the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct. These rules provide that a lawyer’s fee must be “reasonable.” Factors determining what is “reasonable” include the relative complexity of the case, the specialized nature of the matter, the lawyer’s training and experience in the field, the preparation and attention the lawyer can give the matter, and the time commitment that will likely be necessary to handle the case. Other factors include:
- the time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved, and the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly,
- the likelihood, if apparent to the client, that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment by the lawyer,
- the time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances,
- the experience, reputation, and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the services, and
- the most effective representation at the most affordable price
Evaluating Affordable Criminal Defense Lawyers
A person who does not have the money to hire a criminal defense attorney has the option of requesting court-appointed counsel. The drawback to a court-appointed lawyer is that a judge will pick your lawyer, not you. You have the right to an appointed attorney if you are indigent, but not an attorney of your choice. The quality and experience of the lawyer chosen by the court to represent you will be determined by the luck of the draw.
To ensure you have an attorney who is a good fit for you, who will faithfully defend and protect you, and who has a successful track record in court, you will have to hire a retained criminal defense attorney within the limits of your budget. Researching lawyers online and researching an attorney’s online ratings is the best way to start your search. If you are referred to a lawyer, take the time to do a little research on the internet to confirm the lawyer has a stellar reputation. Do not trust your fate to the lowest bidder. Hiring the right lawyer can be one of the best investments you ever make.
The attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. will try to charge a fee that fits into your budget.
At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., we pride ourselves on providing the best possible combination of effective, aggressive, and tenacious representation. We also charge fees that are fair and reasonable, given our high level of experience, outstanding reputation, and unparalleled track record of providing extraordinary results. When you consider the level of service we provide our felony and misdemeanor clients, there is no better value. We handle federal and state criminal charges throughout Michigan.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation, or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.