Unlike many criminal lawyers who bill you by the hour, we generally charge fixed fees for each specific service. Fixed fees are charged for each stage in the criminal process. For instance, we may be able to quote you a fixed fee for a trial, bail hearing, appeal or just reviewing the evidence in your case (also known as “disclosure”). This benefits clients as you know what you will be paying irrespective of how long things drag out. After speaking with us we can quote you a fixed fee for a particular service.
What forms of payment do you accept?
In addition to criminal lawyer fees, what other costs are associated with legal services?
Clients are also responsible for the payment of any costs incurred during the course of the case. These are called “disbursements” and include things as varied as costs incurred for mail, court filing fees (if any), travel costs (if the Court engagement is out of town), and photocopying fees etc.
GST and PST typically apply to legal fees and disbursements and these are added to all bills.
How long will my case take?
In short, it depends. Most cases will take at least several months to obtain disclosure and proceed with sentencing if things move quickly. On the long end, cases can drag out for years if a trial occurs or if there are appeals involved. Each case is different and factors that affect how long things take include how quickly the police and prosecutors provide relevant evidence (“disclosure”) and the availability of court time and witnesses. The Court process can be arduous but we will do our best to protect your interests.
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