Legal Toolkit Pennsylvania D.U.I./Criminal and Traffic Defense

What to Expect About D.U.I./Criminal and Traffic Defense

a

Attorneys who represent individuals with Criminal Defense issues will typically work from a retainer agreement (where they request a bulk amount from the client which is held in escrow and accessed as the attorney spends time working on the case) and/or they may bill clients on a fixed-fee basis and/or an hourly basis for some services.  The attorney may require fullpayment before he or she will undertake representation.

b

Attorneys charge for expenses incurred on behalf of clients. These expenses typically include copying charges, long-distance phone charges, postage, faxes, court filing fees, the cost of court reporters, expert witness fees, medical report fees, and other expenses associated with handling your case.

c

Your attorney must put the fee arrangement in writing. This will help you and your attorney clarify what you will be charged for, when you are expected to pay your invoices, and what you should do if you have a concern about fees.

d

You should do some research yourself to ensure the attorney has the background to competently handle your case.