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How much does it cost to hire a criminal defense attorney in Okaloosa County?

This is one of the first questions potential clients ask us after they have been arrested in Fort Walton Beach. We understand that you want the most experienced, reputable attorney on your side, but you are likely worried about how to pay for the quality representation that will make a difference in your case. We wrote this page to offer some information about different payment options that may be available.

We know that you never planned on being arrested and you likely have not been budgeting for legal fees. At Flaherty & Merrifield, we do not want money to be the deciding factor on who defends you.

We are not the cheapest firm in town, but we definitely are not the most expensive. We always charge a flat-rate for representation. In some cases the flat-rate will include trial, and in some cases, an additional fee will be due if your case goes to trial. This is normally only in serious felony cases where a trial may take a month or more to prepare for, and the trial itself may last several days.

We will talk about all of this at your free consultation.

What will happen during my free consultation?

If you were arrested in Fort Walton Beach or anywhere in Okaloosa County, we offer a free, confidential consultation. If you are local, we will ask you to meet in person. If not, we’ll be glad to talk with you over the phone.

When we meet for your free initial consultation we will talk about the details of your case. Once we have an idea about the complexity of your case, we will give you an exact quote that will cover representation from start-to-finish. We do NOT impose hidden fees or hit you with undisclosed costs later. Everything will be discussed up-front and the quote will be given to you in writing.

We will also discuss what payment options are available to you.

What should I do if money is tight but I don’t want to settle for the Public Defender in Fort Walton Beach?

The public defender offers a valuable service for those who truly cannot afford to hire an attorney. However, if there was a way for you to hire the attorney of your choosing, wouldn’t you choose that option? We do not want you to settle for an attorney you did not personally select due to financial restraints, so we offer a variety of payment options for those who need it most.

As we said earlier, we do not want money to be the deciding factor in who you choose. If you want Flaherty & Merrifield on your case, we have several options to make it work.

Contact an Okaloosa County Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime in Okaloosa County, call Flaherty & Merrifield today at (850) 243-6097 for a free consultation.

Brandy Merrifield
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