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Average length of time for felony/misdemeanor proceedings?
« on: February 21, 2008, 04:21:21 PM »
I understand that the average length of time it takes to defend a client from a felony/misdemeanor charge is difficult to produce, but generally speaking, what do you folks think the duration is?

I am trying to crunch some salary numbers for criminal defenders, and this information would be quite useful.

Your guess:
  • Average duration to defend a felony through trial --- ?
  • Average duration to defend a misdemeanor through trial --- ?

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Re: Average length of time for felony/misdemeanor proceedings?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2008, 04:33:14 PM »
Felony- 12 days 1 hours 32 minutes 46 seconds

Misdemeanor-4 days 3 hours 6 minutes 12 seconds

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Re: Average length of time for felony/misdemeanor proceedings?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2008, 04:37:21 PM »
Are you sure you carried the one?

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Re: Average length of time for felony/misdemeanor proceedings?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2008, 04:58:30 PM »
"I charge $1500 for a "simple" DUI. That includes attending the DMV suspension hearing, Basic Case investigation, Plea and Follow up appearance. I charge $2500 for a "simple" Domestic Violence case. Trial is always extra, paid at a daily rate. General misdemeanor costs range from $1500 to $7500. Felonies start from $7500 and go up from there. A typical felony case costs $10,000."

I wanted to calculate what sort of revenue this fellow was looking at. For instance: my concern is whether he is making $7,500 for trying a felony that takes up a year of his time. That would be... quite difficult to look forward to.

Found that fee schedule for some crim. defense attorney from here:

http://lawyers.nolo.com/attorney.cfm?attorneyID=1833&LocationID=10&specialtyID=2&addressID=1&loc=San%20Diego,%20California&spec=Criminal%20Defense#top

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Re: Average length of time for felony/misdemeanor proceedings?
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2008, 05:13:44 PM »
Hmmm.. My office works with noneof the above.

However, we do time statements that track EVERYTHING. So depending on the client it is 4-10K or more. It seems a bit odd to give a flat fee.

Oh I think we might have a few hundred active clients.
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Re: Average length of time for felony/misdemeanor proceedings?
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2008, 06:18:43 PM »
Well I'm not sure if I am looking for hours worked. I just want to understand how long it generally takes to close a case for the flat rate this attorney had posted.

For example, is this a possibility?

Flat rate of $7,000, and a minimal felony drug-dealing charge, resolved in three weeks time: including pleading, discovery and trial/resolution.

Thanks folks.

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Re: Average length of time for felony/misdemeanor proceedings?
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2008, 06:23:33 PM »
Hey Penny. Do you work with criminal cases, too?

Nope... which is why it is quite possible that I do not know what I am talking about.
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Re: Average length of time for felony/misdemeanor proceedings?
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2008, 06:24:56 PM »
Well I'm not sure if I am looking for hours worked. I just want to understand how long it generally takes to close a case for the flat rate this attorney had posted.

For example, is this a possibility?

Flat rate of $7,000, and a minimal felony drug-dealing charge, resolved in three weeks time: including pleading, discovery and trial/resolution.

Thanks folks.

Anything is possible. Maybe call a few local attorneys as a "potential client" and ask them a few questions.
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Re: Average length of time for felony/misdemeanor proceedings?
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2008, 10:48:36 PM »
Matthies, I drool over a position like that. This defense attorney makes money? What are we talking about here... 100K+?

Also, would you recommend I pursue the criminal defense sector? It is my family's tradition, and I'm currently leaning towards it. I think I would find it quite interesting.

What are your thoughts?