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If you are facing a criminal charge in metropolitan Indianapolis, a vitally important decision that may significantly affect the progress and outcome of your case is your decision of whether or not to hire a “private attorney.” JR Emerson, an Indianapolis lawyer, recognizes the great risks involved in criminal matters. When you hire defense attorney JR Emerson, he will work to aggressively protect your constitutional rights, contest the prosecutor's allegations, raise lawful defenses, and minimize dangers of likely penalties.

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JR is prepared to aggressively defend the rights of individuals accused of criminal offenses in Indianapolis, including assault, DUI, battery, domestic battery violence, resisting arrest, trespass, suspended license, theft, possession, worthless check, disorderly conduct, and other criminal law matters.

What is the Difference Between a “Private Attorney” and Public Defender in Indiana?

If you are facing criminal charges it is important for you to realize that there are large differences between a public defender and a private defense attorney in Indianapolis, IN. Public defenders are often burdened working so many cases that their time to investigate a case, gather evidence and witnesses, conduct legal research, and negotiating with the prosecution is significantly limited. In fact, public defenders in Indianapolis may handle over a hundred cases at one time, making it tough for them to commit the time and resources to realize ideal outcomes.

Some researchers have found significant differences in the case outcomes between a public defender and a private defense attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana. Professor Morris Hoffman and Professor Paul Rubin, of Emory University, studied over 5,000 felony cases in Colorado in 2004. They looked at the average sentences received by defendants represented by public defenders and those represented by private defense attorneys. Ultimately the professors found that those defendants who were represented by private defense attorneys received three years less time in prison when compared to those defendants represented by public defenders.

How Much Does a Private Attorney Cost in Indianapolis?

There are numerous reasons that can affect the fees that most private defense attorneys in Indianapolis charge to their clients. These reasons can include the nature of the alleged offense, how complex the case is, how likely the case is to go to trial, how much others in the area charge for a similar matter, and the income/assets of the prospective client.

It should not surprise you that the fees charged may vary widely between attorneys. Generally, fees for a misdemeanor can variety between $750 and $5,000. An attorney for a simple possession felony may cost between $2,000 and $4,000, whereas more severe criminal offenses can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

An Easy Way to Approach Legal Fees

JR Emerson offers a simple approach to fees by offering flat fees and payment plans to help everyone get the protection offered by a private attorney.

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What Our Clients Say

Very professional and knowledgeable, and fighter when needed.”
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JR is a problem solver, he works well with people and is very comfortable in court. My ex and I are decent friends and JR made this a very easy thing for us. I hope you the same! Glad I chose JR, couldn't have imagined this going any smoother than this!”
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