You Get What You Pay For

They say in life that you get what you pay for. Hiring a criminal defense attorney is no different.

Many people shop around when looking for an attorney, trying to get the best price as though it is the same as buying a car. Believe me it’s not. Not all criminal defense attorneys are created equally.


Not long ago, I met with a family whose son was facing sexual assault charges; a very serious matter no doubt. From our initial discussions, I realized that the case was very defensible, if not winnable – particularly given some very quick investigation that I did.

At the end of the day, the family hired another attorney; one who has been practicing for a whopping two years and not an attorney who does 100% criminal defense, but one who handles personal injury, family law, and a little bit of criminal defense. I called this the “jack of all trades and master of none.” Ask yourself, if you needed complicated heart surgery, would you really wanted your doctor to have only read about the procedure in a medical school text book? Not if you want to live you wouldn’t.

When you hire a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix for bargain basement fee, you will get bargain basement results. You will get what you pay for.


Let’s put something out there: I am not the cheapest criminal defense attorney in town, but I am certainly not the most expensive. But when you hire me to represent you in a serious felony matter, here are some of the things that you get:

  • 21 years of experience;
  • A network of specialized investigator and expert witnesses;
  • More than 100 trials;
  • A reputation in the community with both judges and prosecutors as a hard worker and straight shooter

A lot of criminal defense attorneys, particularly those who really don’t know what they are doing, make a lot of promises to their clients about the outcome of their case. To be clear, no attorney can promise or guarantee the outcome of your case. If your lawyer even tries to do so, run.


Many people who initially hire a bargain basement or experienced lawyer later come to me seeking representation. Sometimes the case can be salvaged, and there are other times when the first lawyer has blown deadlines or committed to ridiculous positions that no criminal defense attorney in their right mind would ever think of taking.

Also, just because you hire me later in the case doesn’t mean it will be less expensive. Often times, it’s the very opposite. When I am brought in later in case, it takes a lot of time and effort to get up to speed in a short time. When an attorney substitutes their appearance for a previous attorney, they have to tell the court that they are ready proceed given the current trial date and any deadlines that may be in place. This need to accelerate a lot of work often costs the client more money than if they would have just hired me in the first place.


Once you sit down with me to discuss your case, you’ll see that there is no substitute for experience and that you really do get what you pay for. When your free or even your life is on the line, you can’t afford to cut corners and need to do it right the first time. Personal and confidential consultations can be arranged by calling my office at (602) 663-9100. Looking back on the situation, you’ll be glad you made the call and did things the right way.

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