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Is it normal for a criminal defense attorney to charge up front?

My wife and I have been shopping around for a criminal defense attorney for our son (he is being charged with assault). Most of the attorneys that we have spoken with have mentioned something about requiring payment up front.

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    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    That is correct. How many attorneys get paid after the fact or from jail? Attorneys are a profession with one of the biggest rates of nonpaying clients.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 4/24/2013
    Francis John Cowhig | Universal Law Group, Inc.
    430 S. Garfield Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 308-9936
    Yes, it is.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 4/24/2013
    Eric Sterkenburg | Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    16478 Beach Boulevard, No. 329
    Westminster, CA 92683
    (562) 477-6940
    On criminal cases the fee in normally charged up front. This takes away the pressure for the defendant to settle the case on money reasons alone. It also insures that the attorney is paid if the defendant goes to jail.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 4/24/2013
    Andrea Storey Rogers |
    P.O. Box 21686
    St. Louis, MO 63139
    (314) 724-5059
    Absolutely. Most criminal defense attorneys require payment in full in advance.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri - Replied: 4/24/2013
    Darrell B. Reynolds | Darrell B. Reynolds, P.C.
    2385 Lawrenceville Highway, Suite D
    Decatur, GA 30033
    (404) 636-6616
    Most criminal defense attorney require payment up front. Some may allow you to make payments but all payments have to be made before a court appearance.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 4/23/2013
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