The answer to this question is that it depends on what he charges are and the complexity of the case. Attorney’s fees in criminal cases are structured like this. You pay a retainer which is a fancy lawyer’s word for deposit. The fees in your case will never be lower, did may be greater, than the retainer. Then after we have evaluated your case, and examined the evidence against you, the full amount of your fee will be determined. Obviously a case the requires a full blown jury trial will cost more than a case that can be dismissed on a motion.
Every case is different. Generally speaking the retainer for the typical misdemeanor case is $2500, for he typical felony $10,000. Howexer, in some circumstances he retainer can be less, and in others it will be more. For example in cases where there is a mandatory prison sentence of 15 years, the retainer will be more, and for a first offense felony where the evidence seems weak, it maybe less. Every case is different. However, ask yourself, what would you pay to keep from spending several years in prison?
In civil and domestic relations cases the fees are charged on an hourly basis, with a retaner of 20 hours in advance. Our hourly rates run from $250 to $350 per hour depending on the type of case and the complexity of the issues. This is a fairly standard fee structure in the Illinois area. Please bear in mind that except on domestic relations cases, all retainers are n0n-refundable.