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Retaining a criminal defense attorney

I would like to find a crim defense attorney I can keep on r professionalloser05/18/18
That is surprising to me. I've never met a defense attorney thirdtierlaw05/18/18
I think that when he says "keep on retainer" he might mean j onehell05/25/18
Child molester. In a small, redneck town where everybody kno waka05/18/18
OP why do you need a criminal defense attorney on retainer? isthisit05/26/18
Is Op Michael Cohen? Not sure what other profession needs Jo esquirewalletsmatter05/26/18
I have had inquiries like this in the past. Usually it is to orange905/27/18
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professionalloser (May 18, 2018 - 1:48 pm)

I would like to find a crim defense attorney I can keep on retainer but it seems that most of them do not accept work on a retainer basis. Having little experience with crim defense myself, can anyone shed some light on why this is? Any tips on finding one who will work on a retainer basis?

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thirdtierlaw (May 18, 2018 - 5:48 pm)

That is surprising to me. I've never met a defense attorney who won't give the option for either a flat fee or retainer work, unless it's a super low level offense. I have multiple clients with retainers right now.

What type of criminal matter?

ETA: The reason I ask is because if it's a low level misdemeanor it may not be worth the attorney's time with billing, etc. If someone comes to me with a disorderly conduct, I'll do it for a flat fee opposed to a retainer. What they are essentially paying for is me having the cellphone of the prosecutor and being able to resolve the case in minutes and stand there and look pretty if a change of plea if necessary. So I need to guarantee it's worth my time, because if I'm going to spend longer doing non billable things on the case, i.e. opening a client file, moving money to and from the IOLTA, creating a bill, etc., than I'll spend billing, it seems like a waste of time.

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onehell (May 25, 2018 - 2:22 pm)

I think that when he says "keep on retainer" he might mean just having them available on-call for whenever something might come up. If I was presented with a proposal like that, I would be worried that the client is committing crimes on an ongoing basis and wants me to be like his consigliere or something. That presents the possibility of ethics violations or even facing your own criminal charges as an accomplice.

Even if that's not the case, an open-ended commitment to represent someone on anything that might come up doesn't allow you to evaluate whether you're able, available and competent or whether the fee is reasonable in light of the amount of work involved, since you'd have no idea the size or scope of what you'd be committing to.

I suppose OP could look into those prepaid legal plans if he wants a lawyer available on-call, but those usually only cover advice and don't entail an advance commitment to actually appear in court for you, and if the lawyer gets the sense that you're trying to use their services in furtherance of ongoing criminal activity it will still be a no-no.

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waka (May 18, 2018 - 6:33 pm)

Child molester. In a small, redneck town where everybody knows one another.

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isthisit (May 26, 2018 - 8:54 am)

OP why do you need a criminal defense attorney on retainer? Are you John Gotti or something?

My advice is to establish a good relationship with a criminal defense attorney and you can have an unspoken standing retainer.

For example, my family has essentially an attorney on an open retainer because we built a good relationship with him. We signed a retainer like 3 or 4 years ago and haven't signed a new one since. He handles business litigation, land-lord tenant, real estate, and other personal legal matters for us at a moment's notice. I give him a call and let him know what we need, he gives me a low ball quote or a referral, and we're off to the races.

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esquirewalletsmatter (May 26, 2018 - 2:37 pm)

Is Op Michael Cohen? Not sure what other profession needs Johnny Cochran on retainer. Either way, I’d just try to build a relationship with a good local attorney that you can trust. Let the attorney client relationship build from there. Remember though that once lost, one rarely regains one’s Integrity. Stay on the right side of all applicable ethical rules at all times.

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orange9 (May 27, 2018 - 10:00 am)

I have had inquiries like this in the past. Usually it is to make sure that certain types of transactions or business relationships will not create the potential for criminal culpability. They want someone to call and run it by, and may ask for an opinion letter. I have had inquires from members of other professions who were starting business relationships with non-professionals who were going to bring in business, and had questions about certain what sort of entity to use and compensation/commission/kickback structure, etc.

I feel like the safer option is these types of cases is to treat each question or inquiry as a separate matter. I would not want to be on Madoff's monthly payroll.

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madlaw (May 30, 2018 - 5:01 am)

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OP my advice is to form a good personal relationship w the lawyer. make sure he is not shady but not anal either. someone u can work with personally.

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