Marc Victor, Howard Dworfman, and Andrew Marcantel are the top Honolulu criminal attorneys with several years of experience and a successful track record. Attorneys for Freedom is the only law firm to offer a one-hour long strategy session, where we provide you with comprehensive case analysis and help you with valuable advice on how to proceed.
What is a private criminal lawyer likely to cost?
The cost of hiring a criminal lawyer differs from state to state, and attorneys can set their own fee structure. In the majority of the cases, the complexity of a case determines the fee that attorneys charge. For instance, attorneys charge more for felonies as compared to what they may charge for a misdemeanor case. This is because complex lawsuits like felonies involve greater risk, and a lawyer has to invest more time and effort in such a case as opposed to minor claims.
Also, less-experienced attorneys charge a lower fee than their more-experienced counterparts. If you are facing charges for a misdemeanor and are looking for a criminal attorney, your legal fee can range from $3,000 to $5,000. On the other hand, if you are facing charges for a felony, hiring a criminal lawyer can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000. Our Honolulu criminal attorneys Marc, Howard, and Andrew are not only affordable but possess immense expertise in criminal law.
How to represent myself in a criminal case
If you are thinking about self-representing your case, make sure to consider the severity of your charges, before arriving at a decision. For minor and less severe charges like traffic offenses, misdemeanors, etc., you can manage with self-representation. On the other hand, defendants facing charges of severe felonies should immediately hire a skilled attorney to reduce or lose your punishment.
If undergoing jail time is a possibility in your case, you must hire an attorney not to take any chances. Lastly, make sure to consider the hidden “downstream” costs associated with getting convicted, and then decide on if whether you need an attorney or not.
What is a plea bargain?
It is an agreement that a defendant gets into with a prosecutor, where the former agrees to plead guilty in exchange for the prosecutor dropping one or more charges. The defendant may also plead guilty if the prosecutor reduces the charge to a less serious offense or makes a recommendation for a sentence to the judge that is acceptable to the defense. When the defendant agrees for a guilty plea, the case gets resolved within minutes, and both parties can save a considerable amount of time and money.
Also, with a plea bargain, you can predict the outcome of a given trial, and it gives both parties some control over the result. Over 90% of convictions come from plea negotiations, and barely 10% of the cases go to trial.
Speak to one of us at Attorneys for Freedom to schedule a strategy session with one of our leading Honolulu criminal attorneys. Our lawyers’ extensive experience and unsurpassed skill level can help you receive a favorable outcome in your lawsuit.