What Does it Cost to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney in VA?

All fees are disclosed up front. Credit Cards accepted.

After “Am I going to jail?”, “How much do you charge?” is probably the most common question I get asked.

After all, hiring a criminal defense or DUI defense lawyer is always an unplanned expense, so everyone wants to know what it’s going to cost them.

Simple cases like reckless driving 20 mph over the speed limit will generally cost under $1000, sometimes quite a bit less.

Our fees depend on the seriousness of the charges and the complexity of the case. We can’t quote an exact fee until I’ve spoken to you at some length, and reviewed the police report or other evidence against you, and can guess how much work will be involved, and how many court dates it may take to resolve the case.

That’s why it is necessary to wait to give you an exact price until we can discuss it at your free initial legal consultation and case evaluation. But, for general information purposes, our approximate flat fee structure is as follows:

  • Reckless Driving: $750-$1000
  • Driving on a Suspended License:  $750-$1000
  • Other Non criminal traffic matters (speeding, moving violations): $500
  • Most DUIs: $1500-2000
  • Felony DUI (3rd offense): $2500+
  • Bond Hearings: up to $1000
  • Most Misdemeanor Charges: $750-$1500
  • Felony Charges: $2500-$10000
  • Violent Felonies: $5000 and up

Our fees are very reasonable for quality criminal defense legal representation, but we are definitely not the cheapest attorneys (nor the most expensive!). I don’t sacrifice quality for volume, and it’s important to me that I take the necessary time to do everything possible to help my clients.

And because our lawyers defend criminal & drunk driving defense cases almost exclusively, we have expertise and experience that the neighborhood lawyer who handles divorces one day and real estate closings the next, simply won’t have. It always makes sense to hire the right lawyer for the job, and saving a few dollars up front could cost you long term, in fines, license loss, and missed opportunities for a dismissal or a favorable disposition.

But whatever you do, don’t wait to talk to a lawyer if you’re facing anyr criminal charges. Even if you haven’t figured out how you are going to pay for it, you need to know what you’re up against, and give yourself the best opportunity to get out from under the charges. The earlier a good defense lawyer gets on your case, the more opportunities there often are to get a dismissal.

Some facts about hiring our lawyers to represent you:

  • We base my fees on the seriousness of the charges (felony or misdemeanor, prior offenses, etc), where the case stands, and the amount of work and court dates we anticipate.
  • We usually charge flat fees, so you won’t have any surprises.
  • We will take credit cards if that makes it easier for you.
  • If you have special circumstances or needs, a payment plan is possible.
  • We don’t generally charge any extra for traveling. We work in courts across the state, and if it’s in our range it is considered the cost of doing business.

Find out how easy it can to be to put our experience and knowledge to work for you by calling for a free criminal defense legal consultation. (877) 439-2999