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The National Trial Lawyers
1801 Century Park East, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Case Management and Fees

We start managing your case from the first phone call. Mr. Michaels offers a one time free 45 minute phone consult on any case. Unlike most firms your first contact with the firm will most times be with attorney Michaels directly. He prides himself on being available for new and existing clients personally and at most hours of the day. One of the primary issues defense attorneys deal with is managing their clients fears, putting them at ease and providing accurate information. We strive to do all those things at all times.

No matter when you contact our firm you will get a direct and accurate and timely response from our firm. Most cases come to us after someone has been arrested and before they go to court, though in some cases we are contacted by someone who has a relative who is incarcerated and in need of representation after a case has begun. We can represent you or your loved one at any stage of the proceedings.

In all cases you will be required to sign a written retainer agreement for services as required by law. If you have not yet been to court, whether your case be a misdemeanor or a felony, your will first be arraigned which is typically a brief appearance in which your not guilty plea will be entered, the police reports will be disclosed and any bail issues will be addressed.

From there the track of a criminal case changes depending on whether you were charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. A felony case will require a Preliminary Hearing to determine if the District Attorney has enough evidence to bring you to trial. There is no such procedure in a misdemeanor case. After arraignment, every further appearance in a misdemeanor case is deemed a pre-trial until the case resolves by plea or by trial.

Under California Law, the Prosecutor has an obligation to bring your case to trial in a speedy manner. However the vast majority of cases will take months and in some cases years to resolve by plea or trial depending on the complexity of the case.

Our time is focused on working up a thorough investigation while the final stage of a criminal case is pending; the trial.

In most cases, trial is something that does not happen. However your attorney's ability to win your trial or give the prosecutor the perception you can win is the most important factor in deciding which attorney to hire. Plea bargains are common but it is always the client's decision as to whether to take a deal or go to trial. Our purpose is to advise you but you, the client, will make that critical decision.

Once you have decided you are interested in our firm we will schedule a meeting, if you desire one, with attorney Michaels who can go over what to expect in your case. We find that increasingly more and more people are hiring us electronically and we are fully equipped to conduct the entire hiring process this way if you so desire. Our proposal to work for you can be sent the minute we get off the phone and we can accept payments with Credit Cards via PayPal almost instantly.

We manage cases in many counties and on Misdemeanor cases in particular it is often the case that the client does not need to be present if he or she has an attorney. Our associate attorneys will often cover these kinds of appearances in order to move the case along with ease. Because of our affiliation with attorneys in multiple counties we manage cases in many counties at one time.

Our fee structrue is not set in stone. Cases are evaluated for the amount of time we expect to have to put into the case. A simple misdemeanor can cost as little as 2500 dollars to 50 or even 100,000 dollars for a serious Felony Case. In general Misdemeanor fees start at 3000 dollars while the first payment on any Felony case is no less than 5000 dollars. Fees are generally flat and not billed hourly. Once you pay us there is no ticking clock.

If you speak Spanish only call Attorney Brian Michaels and indicate to him you are Spanish Speaking and you will be contacted by our Spanish Language Paralegal.