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Cost of Hiring a Lawyer

Are you facing criminal charges in Virginia? Hiring a trusted and experienced Roanoke criminal defense lawyer is one of the most important steps that you can take to preserve your rights in a criminal or traffic case.

Paying for legal representation can be expensive and overwhelming. It is understandable if you are worried or unsure of how you are going to afford an attorney. While hiring an attorney may seem like a financial burden, not hiring one can be even more costly. A knowledgeable, experienced attorney, such as the Roanoke Criminal Attorneys of Copenhaver Ellett & Derrico, will be able to help you navigate the best possible outcome for your case. Hiring the right attorney is worth the investment and could ultimately save you more than money in the long run.

Before you commit to the serious decision of selecting legal representation, it is important to understand the cost of hiring a lawyer in Virginia. There is no simple answer to exactly how much a lawyer costs. While some lawyers have set pricing depending on the offense charged, we believe the circumstances of every case are different, and the cost of hiring a lawyer is unique to the facts of each case.

Some cases are relatively basic in terms of the amount of time involved, while others are much more complex and time intensive.

The following are a list of factors that are considered when evaluating the cost of a case:

  • The complexity of a case;
  • Seriousness of the crime;
  • Amount of research and preparation necessary to properly prepare for the case;
  • The amount of pre-trial litigation including motions to be filed;
  • The cost of discovery
  • How likely it is the case will go to trial;
  • Whether there will be a jury trial;
  • How much pre-trial research is involved;
  • The level of difficulty in contacting and finding witnesses

Although every case is different, if you are facing a criminal charge in Virginia, it is crucial that you obtain an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney as soon as possible who will fight vigorously for your legal rights and best interests. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the better your options can be regarding your defense. The Roanoke Criminal Defense Attorneys of Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico have successfully defended hundreds of individuals charged with a wide range of offenses. Their knowledge, experience and compassion for your case will undoubtedly help you protect your legal rights as well as your future.