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    Default How to Avoid Paying Legal Fees for a Criminal Defense Lawyer

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: CALIFORNIA
    A friend was arrested for misdemeanor charge of petty theft. He contacted a criminal defense lawyer referred by a family friend. The lawyer wanted a $7500 retainer upfront, plus $1000 a day if it goes to trial.
    Now I checked this attorney's court records and appearances on file, and he is representing defendants that obviously cannot pay the retainer or fees for a trial, which this attorney is doing for these apparent "low income" clients.. My question is there some program where a private (no public defender) criminal attorney gets paid for fees clients due to low income by the state, or some qualification??? (in calif)?

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    Default Re: How to Avoid Paying Legal Fees for a Criminal Defense Lawyer

    If you are indigent, you can petition the court to appoint a lawyer to represent you. If not, you will need to retain your own lawyer. You are free to try to negotiate for a lower rate.

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    Default Re: How to Avoid Paying Legal Fees for a Criminal Defense Lawyer

    How to Avoid Paying Legal Fees for a Criminal Defense Lawyer
    You don't get into trouble.

    drum-roll please....
    I'm not a lawyer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.......

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    Default Re: How to Avoid Paying Legal Fees for a Criminal Defense Lawyer

    $7500 retainer upfront for a misdemeanor seems expensive,sometimes a private lawyer also does public defender work.

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    Default Re: How to Avoid Paying Legal Fees for a Criminal Defense Lawyer

    Quote Quoting jeffdickey
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    The lawyer wanted a $7500 retainer upfront, plus $1000 a day if it goes to trial.
    Translation: "I don't work for chump change."

    Your friend is free to call other lawyers. Shouldn't cost him more than a thousand or two for a lawyer to make short work of getting him a plea bargain to a misdemeanor charge.

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