Why shouldn’t I hire the cheapest criminal lawyer in Virginia?
Thomas Soldan: There is the old adage that you get what you pay for and that is certainly true in the context of criminal defense attorneys. That isn’t to say that the cheapest attorney is any better or worse than any other attorney depending on the circumstance, but typically attorneys charge fees based upon their experience, the amount of time they put into a given case, and their particular training and experience.
How much time they are going to dedicate to the case is based upon the evidence they see and analyze, and the personal attention the attorney gives to the case. When a client hears a very low number, it very well could be that the attorney does not expect to have as much personal contact or something like that. The prospective client should understand it is acceptable for some kind of vetting to go into legal services as another resource or purchase because you want to make sure that you’re getting top quality service rather than just focusing solely on the price point.