First initial consult is free and fixed fees for Criminal and Traffic Law matters
Fixed fees are becoming more commonplace for law firms as it is cost effective for clients to retain a lawyer throughout their whole legal process on a fixed fee basis. Fixed fees are not only uncomplicated but they can rest assure that you are paying a price that places you at comfort and ease. Having a lawyer represent you is a costly exercise and you want to ensure that you are being represented by a lawyer who is experienced in the area of law that you require assistance with.
Typically Criminal Lawyers have an hourly rate which can start from $300 - $880 per hour. These variables depend on the level experience the lawyer has and their position within the law firm. However, with fixed fees the hourly rates are all inclusive usually with GST. With fixed fee matters they can typically start from $1350. it all depends on the level of complexity of the matter, charges, court location etc.
At Greenwich Criminal Lawyers we are experienced with Criminal and Traffic matters and we do not compromise on representation at any costs. We are a firm that only deals with this area of law and we are not your General Practice firm that deals with all areas of law where you can find a lawyer who can be inexperienced with Criminal Law matters. Not only can this be costly and time consuming but it can also result in a appeal if you receive a result that is not presented properly before a Judge or Magistrate if not prepared by a experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who has experience in Criminal or Traffic Law. The most common Criminal and Traffic matters that attract fixed fees are Common Assaults, Attendance at Police Stations, Bail applications, Drug Possession, s 14 Mental Health applications, Drink or Drug Driving and various Driving matters. Most of these matters would be in the Local Court. Some District Court matters such as severity and all grounds appeals can also be done as fixed fee.
Regardless of whether you plead guilty or not guilty your lawyer would be required to prepare for your matter. That means is that they might have to get you to prepare an apology letter or gather character references and other material in support of your matter if you proceed to a plea of guilty/sentence.
Whereas with a plea of not guilty an examination of the brief of evidence would be required and depending on the complexity of the matter. Fixed fees can apply in both cases but do significantly vary in price.