What fee do you charge?

What fee do you charge?

For most cases, we charge a base flat fee for pretrial representation, followed by hourly rates for trial preparation and trial. The base fee depends on the level of the offense. Generally speaking, higher level offenses are more complex than lower level offenses and petitions are less complex than either.

To obtain a quote and confirm that we are available to take your case, please call (512) 480-9020 or email quote@pacefirm.com.

Payment Terms

We accept credit card payments online and offer installment plans in some cases, depending on the type and age of the case. We do not accept checks.

Pending Criminal Cases

The most significant factor that affects our fee for representation in pending criminal cases is usually the level of the offense. For a variety of reasons, the time that an attorney must spend to provide excellent representation tends to increase dramatically as the level of the offense rises. As a result, the fee goes up significantly as well.

Multiple Charges in the Same Court

Law enforcement sometimes files multiple charges in response to a single incident. For example, a charge like “Assault With Bodily Injury” may have a companion case like “Interfering With an Emergency Call.” In these situations we may offer a substantial discount on the lesser charge, especially if both cases are assigned to the same court.

Fees for Class C Misdemeanors

For many situations, like a simple traffic ticket, it might not make sense to hire us to handle a Class C case because the attorney fee will be more than simply paying the fine.

For our Class C clients, it’s not about the money but about something more important to them, such as their reputations, their sense of justice, keeping their criminal history clean, or avoiding the collateral consequences of a conviction for an offense like Assault by Contact with Family Violence.

Fees for Petitions: Expunction, Non-Disclosure, etc.

For petitions, we offer a flat fee that covers all of the work that needs to be done in most cases. In rare cases, hourly billing may be necessary for additional work if the case is more complicated for some reason, such as an issue that requires legal research or a contested hearing to resolve, or some other uncommon, complicating factor.

Miscellaneous Expenses

The attorney fee does not usually cover out-of-pocket expenses such as filing fees, private investigators, process servers, forensic testing, or expert witnesses. Our policy is to consult with our clients before incurring such fees on their behalf whenever possible.

 

Answers to other Frequently Asked Questions

We defend people accused of domestic assault in and around Austin, Texas.
For a quote, call (512) 480-9020 or email inquiry@pacefirm.com

 

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