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Who Pays Private Counsel?

A private criminal defense attorney can be paid by anyone, regardless of whether they are associated with the case or not.  Regardless of who pays, the defendant remains the client and all duties go to the defendant.  This is especially important when a relative pays for the legal fees because that does not entitle them to information about the case, updates (although this may be agreed to by the defendant) or knowledge of any confidential information. If a defendant does not qualify for a public defender, they must then hire their own attorney.  Certain requirements must be met in order to qualify for a public defender including: (1) insufficient income to retain private counsel; (2) insufficient assets to retain private counsel; and (3) charge that carries possibility of incarceration.  Generally, the court will also Order reimbursement of legal fees to the pubic defender at the conclusion of the case. While most private attorneys do charge more than the public defender reimbursement fees, many defendants do not understand that they may ultimately pay the same for the services of a public advocate as they would have if they would have hired their own private attorney.  It is important to know your rights as well as the anticipated costs for private representation. Even if you do qualify for a public defender, many defendants choose to retain private counsel.  If you wish to schedule a consultation or want to inquire about legal fees and retainer for a specific charge in Northern Kentucky, contact Michael Bouldin at [email protected] or call 859-581-6453.

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