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About my fee ...


It is not unusual to get an e-mail message or a telephone call from a person worried about whether they can afford an attorney.  Or, worse, from someone who knows they must find an attorney but knows they cannot afford that attorney.  The first question will be "What do you charge?"

I can't quote you a fee without discussing your case over the phone or in person.  Here's why:

I need to know the facts of your case

I need to know the facts of your case.  If you have been charged with one crime, but the facts suggest that if the charging agency wanted they could charge you with more crimes, you have a larger problem than you know.  If the charges they made are not supported by the facts, there will need to be a negotiation.  If you didn't do the crime at all, I need to understand and prepare, even at this early phase, for a trial.  If there are significant numbers of witnesses that need to be identified and interviewed, that can impact the amount of time that will be involved.  The facts define what work will be needed.

I need to know the court

While the law is the same across Ohio, the courts react differently.  Judges within each court react differently.

I need to understand your expectations

Your defense is of paramount importance.  However, I work at your direction.  If your expectations are such that a strong and determined offense is not in your best interest, I need to know that.  For example, a case of domestic violence leaves unanswered questions.  Do you intend to get back together with the other party?  Do you intend to divorce?  These questions impact the way I plan for your defense.

The call is free ...

The initial consultation call is free.

But I'm guilty ...

Are you sure about that?  Let's say a police officer came to you with a DVD in his hand and said, "We got you.  There's surveillence of the whole thing!"  You leave assuming that the DVD she is holding contains evidence that damns you.

Officers probably won't adimit this, but a blank DVD and the suggestion that the police have video has led to many confessions.  Officers can and will lie to obtain a confession.  Another favorite is telling you that someone observed you.  Maybe they did.  Maybe they didn't.  Another is to tell you that someone with you has blamed you for the crime.  Maybe they did.  Maybe they didn't.  Again, the officer can and will lie to obtain a confession.

Talk to me.  As your defense attorney, I normally won't do a thing until I file papers forcing the state to turn over all evidence it intends to use against you.  Only then will you know what is true and what is false.

Please read my page about your right to remain silent.

Your right to remain silent - click here

Flat fee or retainer

In most cases I will quote you a flat that will cover the whole case, beginning to end.  This flat fee is discounted from the price you could expect should you instead wish to pay by the hour.

In some cases I cannot charge a flat fee as I cannot understand the different scenarios that will require my time.  In those cases I must quote a per-hour fee and will require a retainer to begin work.


Hours

If you need immediate advice, call now.  I will make every effort to either take your call or call you back as soon as I can.

It is not required that you take a day off work to meet with me.  I will make every effort to schedule appointments that work with your schedule.


I serve all of Northeastern Ohio

I serve all of Northeast Ohio's Courts of Common Pleas, including Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Lorain County Court of Common Pleas, Medina Court of Common Pleas, Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Geauga County Court of Common Pleas, Portage County Court of Common Pleas, Lake County Court of Common Pleas, Erie County Court of Common Pleas, Sandusky County Court of Common Pleas and Huron County Court of Common Pleas.

I serve all of Cuyahoga County's municipal courts, including Bedford Municipal Court, Berea Municipal Court, Cleveland Municipal Court, Cleveland Heights Municipal Court, East Cleveland Municipal Court, Euclid Municipal Court, Garfield Heights Municipal Court, Lakewood Municipal Court, Lyndhurst Municipal Court, Parma Municipal Court, Rocky River Municipal Court, Shaker Heights Municipal Court, and South Euclid Municipal Court.

In Lorain County I serve the Avon Lake Municipal Court, Elyria Municipal Court, Lorain Municipal Court, Oberlin Municipal Court, Vermillion Municipal Court. In Medina County I serve Medina Municipal Court and Wadsworth Municipal Court. In Huron County I serve the Huron Municipal Court, Vermillion Municipal Court and Sandusky Municipal Court.

In Summit County and Portage County I serve the Akron Municipal Court, Barberton Municipal Court, Stow Municipal Court and Portage Municipal Court. In Lake County I serve the Mentor Municipal Court, Painesville Municipal Court and Willoughby Municipal Court. In Geauga County I serve the Chardon Municipal Court.