There are a lot of things that lawyers should be protective of. What their fees are, doesn’t need to be one of them. Our firm believes that clients should make informed decisions every step along the way, including knowing the approximate fees it will cost for their case. That is why we have made the choice of posting our fees. This transparency allows our potential clients to make informed and reasonable decisions on choosing the right lawyer for their case.
For those unfamiliar with the legal system, fees can appear expensive and confusing. With this in mind, we work with our clients to explain in great detail what our fees reflect.
Our firm offers extensive, no cost initial consultations where our lawyers explain the value, services, and cost effective strategies associated with our firm’s fee structures.
Through various options, we do everything reasonably possible to adapt our fees to individual clients’ needs and budgets without compromising a complete legal defence. We also offer flexible options for our clients, including payment plans.
Applicable taxes and disbursements will be charged in addition to the fees noted above.
Lead counsel Sean Robichaud discusses legal fees, available options, and transparency.
Discounts on fees for qualifying cases:
Access to justice and adequate legal representation is an important principle to our firm. We do our best to ensure that every person who contacts our firm is either provided the representation they desire, or are referred onwards to trusted lawyers who are more affordable or who accept Legal Aid and other forms of aid.
In keeping with this philosophy, from time to time, our firm will reduce fees for certain cases and for certain clients. We will often make exceptions in our fees for those cases who meet certain criteria that may include: 1) Of significant public interest; 2) Youths (Prosecuted under the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the accused is a youth at the time of being charged); 3) Students presently enrolled in a post-secondary institution; and, 4) Other unique circumstances determined on a case by case basis.
Above all, when you contact our firm, we will be sure you are taken care of no matter what you budget, constraints, or case may be. If we can’t accept the case, we will find a lawyer for you who will.
Below you will find approximate ranges of fees they relate to common matters. These fees are best estimates on an average case and not minimum or maximum amounts. The fees below do not include disbursements (if applicable) and taxes.
Nature of proceeding
Typical types of cases falling into this category
Estimated total fees and hours
|Diversion, bail variations, and peace bonds||First criminal charge, relatively minor offence, Crown is willing to withdraw the charges after negotiations and before trial dates are scheduled.||900 to 2500 |
Avg. hours for a typical case: 3-9
|Single day summary conviction trial or plea||Single day summary conviction trials often include: impaired driving, sexual assault, domestic assault, theft under, failing to comply with a bail order, minor drug possession.||6000 to 9,000 |
Avg. hours: 20-40
|Multiple day summary conviction trial or plea||Multiple day trials are either those that are very complicated summary conviction matters with multiple motion or complicated legal argument. |
These sorts of cases might include sexual assault, impaired driving, drug possession. Cases that span multiple days are often those that require special motions (third party records applications, constitutional challenges, etc.).
|10,000 to 15,000 up to and including the first day. |
1500 to 3000 for subsequent days.
Avg. hours: 25+.
|Multiple day indictable offence trial or plea||These cases are the rarest and most serious of cases. |
They would include homicide, robbery, drug trafficking, and some sexual assaults. In these instances, the clients have the choice of conducting a preliminary hearing and/or jury trial so fees are reflective of the choices the client makes as it relates to their defence.
|25,000 + |
Avg. hours: 100+
|Bail hearing||A typical bail hearing will take a full day in Court to complete and preparation leading up to the hearing. |
Bail relates to any criminal offence where the Crown is seeking the detention of an accused.
|1500.00 to 3000.00 |
Avg. hours: 8-16
We understand that few people have the means to pay the entirety of their legal fees up front; and for that matter, nor should they. Criminal proceedings often take considerable time to properly defend. As an example: a typical, simple, one day trial will easily take up to 8-12 months before it reaches trial. Therefore, it is entirely reasonable for a client to make payments over that time period towards those fees as the lawyer completes work.
Our firm accepts all forms of payments on an interim basis.
We are confident that after speaking to our lawyers, you will find legal fees are more affordable than you thought. You may think that you can not afford a lawyer but we hope to show you otherwise.
Call (416) 999-8389 to schedule an initial consultation at no cost to discuss these and other issues about your criminal charges.
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