I’ve heard private attorneys are expensive. Can I afford a Raleigh, Cary, or Apex criminal attorney?

If you’re thinking that a criminal lawyer is going to cost you tens of thousands of dollars, I’m here to tell you that’s wrong.

Now, it’s true, some cases are very complex, and if you’re charged with murder, it’s going to cost you a chunk of change in order to hire a criminal lawyer, not to mention all of the experts you would need.  But, in truth, many criminal defendants in murder cases, especially the ones facing capital charges (the death penalty), have public defenders.  That’s because the costs of defending those charges would bankrupt a lot of middle class people.

But the truth of the matter is that criminal representation is very affordable, especially if it’s a non-murder case.  In addition, you can hire a criminal attorney to work on part of your case, and if you don’t have the money to hire him to defend you all the way until trial, you can apply to have a public defender appointed to your case.  Public Defenders in Wake County are excellent.

But even if you expect to have a public defender, you should absolutely spend the $2,000 to $4,000 it costs to hire someone like me to represent you before your arrest, and at your early hearings.

That’s because there several points early in the process – your First Appearance Hearing, for instance – where having a criminal lawyer represent you can make a huge difference in the outcome.

For instance, the criminal lawyer can make the argument that you are not a flight risk or a danger to the community, and that you ought to be let out on a small bond.

That’s crucially important, so that you can continue to live with your family, go to work, live a normal life, and help in your defense.

Yes, criminal lawyers aren’t cheap.  But neither are they outrageously expensive.  And they are well worth the money.

So call today at (919) 352-9411.  I charge flat fees for all my services; you know what you’re getting up front, before you pay.  And I have payment plans so that even if you can’t write me a check on day one, I may be able to work with you to arrange payment in installments.

Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.