When it comes to legal fees, it is essential to remember that the cheapest option may not always be the best. An inexperienced attorney may not be the ideal choice to represent your case. If a client runs out of money or is unable to pay the lawyer's fees, the lawyer will withdraw from the case. For instance, a defense lawyer may hire a specialist in chemical testing to explain the results of a blood alcohol test in a DUI trial. Some attorneys, particularly those who are renowned in their field of practice, charge their clients by the hour instead of using a fixed rate.
Experienced criminal defense lawyers understand the financial situation of their clients and can help them find a way to pay for legal fees. The court may decide that you can afford an attorney based on your assets and income; in this case, you can either represent yourself or hire a private lawyer. Unfortunately, many criminal defendants in Arizona are opting for public defenders instead of qualified private criminal attorneys due to the cost. It is essential to consult an experienced lawyer before responding to any criminal proceedings in writing or by direct contact with the prosecutor, even if you think you have committed a particular crime and want to plead guilty.