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​​​​© 2019 by Arete Law A.P.C.

San Diego 

When You Need Help Dealing With the Law

Criminal Defense Areas

When the unfortunate happens and you get tangled up with the law, you want to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. 

 

Our goal is to provide transparent, quick, and effective representation to resolve your criminal issue so you can get back to your life. 

When you first consult with us, we will assess your case and provide a quote for legal services. This quote will include all pre-trial proceedings in court. Flat fee services exclude discovery costs, trial, and appeals. Should the case proceed to trial or is appealed, the client will then have an opportunity to enter into a new flat fee agreement.

Services that are covered under a retainer agreement with a flat fee criminal defense attorney


When you decide to retain us as your legal counsel, a retainer agreement will be signed by the client that will outline the services provided under the flat fee criminal defense attorney agreement.

 

Some of the services provided under the agreement are the following:

  • Preparation and filing all necessary documents with the court.

  • Following up with the court regarding court dates and notifying client of same.

  • Serving documents on all parties of record.

  • Requesting and reviewing all evidence and discovery.

  • Researching case law.

  • Client meetings and telephone calls.

  • Communications with opposing counsel/prosecuting attorney and court.

  • Attendance at all court hearings.

Services that are not covered under a retainer agreement with a flat fee criminal defense attorney

Discovery expenses. Discovery expenses are fees that are charged by the policing agencies to produce copies of all police reports, in-car videos, booking videos, etc. The client will be billed the actual costs for these expenses.

Trial. The attorney and the client will enter into a new fee agreement that will consider the time that will be needed to prepare for trial and the expected length trial will be conducted on a case-by-case basis.

Appeals. The attorney and the client will enter into a new fee agreement that will consider the time that will be needed to prepare documents for an appeal and appear for oral argument.

How much does a flat fee criminal defense attorney cost?


Our flat fee is determined on a case-by-case basis. Some of the factors that are used in calculating the flat fee are the actual criminal charge(s) against the client, whether it is a misdemeanor, felony, whether the accused has a prior criminal history, and the circumstances of the crime committed.

Does a flat fee criminal defense attorney accept payment plans?


Although with most flat-fee cases the retainer fee must be paid up front, we will consider payment plans with a client based upon their ability to pay and the length of the plan. Legal services cannot begin until a fee agreement has been signed and a down payment has been received.

 

Below is a list of some our services with some examples of flat fee prices. 

*Note these are only examples and can be changed based on a case by case basis

DUI Defense - $2,500

  • Review case and give legal advice

  • Take over representation of your case and correspond with District Attorney's Office

  • File motions on your behalf

  • Attend court hearings 

  • Additional $2,500 if case goes to trial

Expungement - $600

  • Review record

  • File expungement motion

  • Attend expungement hearing

DMV Issues- $500

  • Review record and citation from DMV

  • Communicate with DMV regarding issues

  • Work to resolve issues to get your license back

Misdemeanors- $3,000

  • Review case and give legal advice

  • Take over representation of your case and correspond with District Attorney's Office

  • File motions on your behalf

  • Attend court hearings and settlements

  • Additional $2,500 if case goes to trial

Domestic Violence Restraining Order - $2,500

  • Review case and give legal advice

  • Communicate with opposing counsel regarding a stipulated agreement

  • File motions and exhibits on your behalf

  • Appear at hearing on your behalf