Fees & Legal Aid in British Columbia

How much will it cost to defend me?

Regardless of how long it takes, your first consultation is always free.  As every case is different, total costs vary and depend upon the complexity and nature of the criminal charge that we are facing.  During our first meeting we determine the cost to defend your case and provide you written confirmation of the legal fee, so that you can be confident that there are no extra expenses. You will never be charged extra for telephone calls, photocopying and other associated costs.

How are your legal fees calculated?

Criminal lawyers usually charge on a fixed or “block-fee” basis.  The price you are quoted is the price you pay, with no hidden costs or additional expenses.  Your legal fees cover all aspects of your file, including research, preparation, court appearances, meetings with the Crown Attorney, negotiations, and personal meetings.  Block fees are generally preferable compared to hourly rates where cost-sensitivity is an issue.

Can I pay in installments?

The cost of a good defense should not place an unreasonable burden on you and your family.  You can arrange a flexible, long-term payment plan that will give you the peace of mind to meet your other financial obligations.  For your convenience, the firm accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Interac debit, and cash.

What about Legal Aid?

If you need legal help, Legal Service Society of British Columbia may be able to help you pay for a lawyer. To apply for Legal Aid you must complete a financial eligibility assessment to see if you qualify.  The Legal Aid staff will ask you questions to find out how much money you have and decide if you have enough money to pay for your own lawyer.  If you qualify based on the financial test and the seriousness of the charge you are facing, you will be able to hire a lawyer on Legal Aid.