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Louisiana Criminal Law Attorney Costs

If you or a loved one has been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, you are likely facing very stressful and uncertain times. Obviously, you want the best possible outcome. And, you’re likely afraid that if you trust an overworked and unpaid public defender for the case, you might not get the proper legal defense you deserve.

As an experienced Louisiana criminal law attorney, I have handled hundreds of criminal law cases throughout many of our state’s parishes, including Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Iberville, Livingston, St. James, St. Tammany, and West Baton Rouge. And having thoroughly investigated and prepared so many cases for trial, I have a deep understanding of just what it costs to prepare a proper defense depending on your unique background, circumstances, and charges.

The truth is, if you’re looking for a Louisiana criminal law attorney, many won’t be so up front about their costs, until you come in for a free consultation and they try to sell you on their services. And, the costs of a criminal law attorney vary greatly, depending on their location, caseload, and experience.

At the E&M Law Firm, we believe differently. We know that you are already under enough stress and facing what might be your biggest family emergency ever, and we want to be as transparent as possible to help make life a little easier on you.

While the cost of each Louisiana criminal law case varies depending on the seriousness of the charges, the circumstances of the case and any prior criminal history, below is a basic starting point for what the Earl Messer Law Firm charges for our Louisiana criminal law cases:

  • Expungement - No Hearing: $500 plus costs
  • Expungement - Hearing Necessary: $1,500 plus costs
  • Misdemeanor Charges: $2,500 and up
  • Felony Drug Possession: $5,000 and up
  • Non-aggravated Felonies: $7,500 and up
  • Aggravated Felonies: $10,000 and up
  • Immigration - Removal Proceedings: $5,000 and up

While these prices are only estimates, they should give you some idea of what it costs to hire an experienced Louisiana criminal defense attorney. Depending on the case, there could be additional costs for things like private investigators or expert witness fees, but any additional costs would be discussed with you well in advance. 

We understand that for many Louisiana families, these amounts of money might be seemingly impossible to pay. But, can you really afford not to give you or your loved one a strong defense? If you work with an inexperienced attorney or a busy public defender, you’ll likely spend just a few minutes with them and could end up with worse results, including delays in your case, longer sentences if convicted, and higher fines.

At the E&M Law Firm, we’re here to work with you and help you every step of the way. And, it’s our goal to be as transparent with you as possible. Come in for a consultation and we’ll be as upfront as possible with you about the estimated costs of our services.

Call Us Today for a Free Consultation

With our years of experience in criminal law, and our offer of a free consultation, you simply can’t afford to not call us to tell us your story. After that initial conversation, we’ll be able to have a better understanding of your estimated Louisiana criminal law case costs, and we’ll disclose that information to you. To schedule a free consultation with the Earl Messer Law Firm today, call (225) 687-1111.