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Rates, Retainers and Fixed Fees for Criminal Defense

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Hourly Rate

Ryan Kalamaya – $395 per hour

Georgina Melbye – $275 per hour

Samantha Busenhart – $250 per hour

Retainers & Capped Fees

In contrast to other attorneys, we do not offer flat fees due to ethical concerns. The risk of flat fees is it incentivizes a criminal defense attorney to spend as little time on your case. We have seen people pay other attorneys thousands of dollars for less than an hour of work. Instead, we require clients pay a retainer up front and agree to cap our fees to obtain a plea bargain. This benefits the clients in a number of ways. First, the client is assured that they get what they pay for. If we spend 2 hours to get the case dismissed, you pay for our time and nothing more.  Second, you will know in advance the maximum amount it will cost to resolve the case with a plea bargain. If you want to set the case for a motions hearing or trial, the cap will be lifted and you will pay for our time.

For DUIs with no prior offenses or aggravating circumstances such as injuries or property damage, we normally cap the fees and costs at $2,500. This includes representation in the DMV revocation process and criminal case. The retainer is the same amount as the cap.

For DUIs with priors, the retainer and cap is a minimum of $3,500. We will determine the final cap based on the facts and circumstances of your case after discussing things with you.

For domestic-violence cases, the retainer and cap is generally $3,500. Again, we will have to discuss the charges and circumstances of your case before arriving at a firm number

Finally, if you are charged with a felony such as possession of or intent to distribute cocaine, we will need to discuss the basic facts with you before quoting a cap on your fees for a plea bargain.

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