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FLAT FEES: A Personal Lawyer within Reach

Why Do Law Firms Charge So Much?
Reputation vs. Hard Work
Example of Law Firm Billing
Family and Friends
Bail As Collateral
How Much Will a Defense Cost?

A poor defense will result in a conviction, may cost thousands of dollars in fines or penalties, and may result in long prison sentences. At the Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua, a client can hire a first-rate lawyer with flat fees starting at $850 and will only pay for new services if the case progresses toward trial. If the case ends quickly, as the majority of routine cases do, the client will not pay for services not provided.

The legal business has entered a new generation. A client now can avoid overpaying for legal services at a law firm and avoid getting lost in the maze of public defenders! Even though one cannot put a price on freedom, a client should not have to pay bloated legal fees to avoid an unjust criminal charge. At the Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua, a personal lawyer will cost less than the price of a fast guilty plea. A prospective client may use the free consultation to discuss the strongest defense, the best legal strategies, and the reasonable flat fees and payment options.

Why Do Law Firms Charge So Much Money?

The short answer: because they can.

We all know that doctors will charge huge emergency room fees, and pharmaceutical companies will charge as much as $800 per pill for life-saving cancer medication. Similarly, many lawyers charge whatever they can get away with, especially since the value of legal work can be completely subjective. This may sound cynical, but it is reality.

The importance of a legal case may influence a person to hire an expensive firm.  Realistically, most of that money pays for overhead, not for a client’s particular case.  Running a large firm in New York City costs a lot of money: partners, associates, investigators, researchers, accountants, secretaries, paralegals, high office rent, and malpractice insurance for all lawyers.

Spending a lot of money on a lawyer’s business expenses does not help the client to win a criminal case.

Reputation vs. Hard Work

Nowadays, a law firm’s reputation—specifically in criminal defense—makes little difference because each prosecutor will adhere to the standardized procedure and strategy based on office policy. The prosecutor only will reduce a charge or offer a good plea-bargain if the defense lawyer has discovered all of the weaknesses in the case through careful investigation and research.  In other words, a prosecutor will not start to negotiate with the defense until a case starts to look like it is more trouble than it is worth.

Unlike corporate lawsuits, where big firms try to intimidate each other, an expensive law firm will not influence the outcome of a criminal case.  No reputation can substitute for hard work and careful preparation.

In this generation of criminal law, the Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua will provide the most effective defense through careful investigation and strong legal arguments. A personal lawyer with low overhead will offer a powerful, trustworthy defense without gouging the client.

Do not walk blindly into a law firm with hourly billing, especially when the firm does not specifically focus on criminal defense!  The Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua provides flat fees, payment options, and only will charge for services actually rendered.

Example of Law Firm Billing

In New York City and Long Island, most law firms will charge $50-$125 in 6-minute or 15-minute blocks of time ($300-$1,000/hour). If a secretary calls the court and waits on hold for 20 minutes, it shows up on the final bill as a block of time, rounded up.

Law Firm bills in 6-minute blocks at $30 (very common).
20-minute phone call is rounded up to 22 minutes.
Total Cost of the phone call: $120.

In this hourly billing system, a client will accumulate thousands of dollars in fees. If the case goes to trial, each 8-hour day will cost an additional $3200 or more.  In an hourly billing system, the law firm will charge the client for calling his own lawyer to ask a question or to plan a strategy!

For now, the traditional law firm still dominates the market, making an effective legal defense out of reach for most people.  A generation of experienced lawyers maintains the law firm model because they make a lot of money that way. Consequently, too many people roll the dice with a public defender because they think that they must choose between either a first-rate defense or bankruptcy.

The new wave of independent law practices, such as my own, has changed this model and has provided defendants with a better option. The Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua accepts a limited number of cases, allowing for a complete investigation of all client matters. The payment system allows all clients to maintain phone, email, and live contact without extra charges and to focus solely on helping to prepare the most effective defense.

Family and Friends

If you have a child, spouse, sibling, other family member or friend in jail, you do not want to have to choose between paying the bail and paying a lawyer. This situation may seem like a Catch-22 because an effective personal lawyer will increase the chances of reasonable bail.

The Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua understands that the cost of effective legal representation may be difficult on short notice and will work with friends and family to put together payment, even if from multiple sources.

The Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua uses a payment-for-service system to keep the prices low for clients so that they only pay for services rendered. The Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua will accept credit cards for part or all of the payment.

Bail As Collateral

In cases with serious felony charges, a client may have difficulty gathering enough money to pay for both bail and an effective lawyer. Depending on the circumstances, the client may be able to cover both costs with one payment, at least temporarily.

The Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua will accept a bail receipt for cash bail as collateral for a portion of payment, usually for a Class D felony or higher. The party who paid the bail must sign over the bail receipt to the business to hold as collateral for payment of the remaining flat fee, which will allow the client to legally engage the Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua. Once the client pays on time the remaining fee covered by the bail receipt, the business will return the bail receipt at no extra charge.

In the difficult situation of a criminal prosecution, the Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua will make every effort to work with a client to accept a reasonable payment.

How Much Will My Defense Cost?

Most lawyers will not discuss prices online.  Even during an initial consultation, a lawyer may still keep the prices vague with hourly billing and guesstimates.  At the Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua, a client will receive the standardize flat fees for initial representation and will only pay more if the case progresses toward trial.

In criminal cases, the full cost of representation will be impossible to estimate right away. An honest lawyer must understand the details of the charges and the client’s history and determine how seriously a prosecutor will pursue a trial. If the case progresses, an effective lawyer must investigate all of the evidence, witnesses, expert reports, and legal motions. This process takes time and expertise, and the time spent with preparing an effective criminal defense will take priority over other new criminal matters.  All of this factors into the total price. 

At the Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua, the client will receive the priority treatment not available in the maze of public defenders offices. If a case progresses to trial, an effective lawyer will have spent 100 hours or more investigating locations, evidence, documents, reports, witnesses, and legal precedents. Additionally, this lawyer will have prepared for the entire trial from opening statement to cross-examinations to closing arguments, and the lawyer will have to spend a few days or a few weeks in a court room, working on nothing except the client’s trial.

A client will have to pay for this professional work. The Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua provides a flat fee system, and a client only will pay for the services necessary at each phase of the criminal case. Initially, the client will pay one standardize flat fee depending on the charges. During the free consultation, the client will receive the range of flat fees available, which will cover all costs until the case progresses toward trial. In New York, only 3% of cases progress to trial, and most clients will only pay one flat fee for the entire defense. If a case progresses, a clearly itemized list of flat fees will provide a client with the actual cost of the defense—no surprises!

During the free consultation, the Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua will work with the client to review the flat fees and the payment options. Even though a case must be evaluated, the Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua will offer representation in some misdemeanors for less than the price of one month’s rent and representation in some felonies for less than a car insurance premium.  An investment in an effective defense lawyer is an investment in your future.

Contact the Law Office of Adam Bevelacqua at (917) 656 - 7076 or bevelacqualaw@gmail.com and speak to a criminal defense lawyer immediately.