Private Retainer – Criminal Defence Cases
Each case is unique and requires careful attention to determine the best course of action under the circumstances. The cost of defending your case will depend on several factors, including the nature of the offence, the complexity of the case and your desired means of resolving the matter. For this reason, it is important that you have an initial consultation with Frank Retar so that he can determine a fair and reasonable fee for defending your case. You can call Frank any time to schedule a completely free initial consultation.
After you have discussed your case with Frank, he will provide you with two separate and distinct block fees.
(1) A flat (“block”) amount that you will pay if you wish your matter to proceed to trial. This fee will cover all services necessary to fully defend your matter, such as: reviewing all disclosure, appearing in court on your behalf, conducting pre-trial discussions with Crown Attorneys, preparing Charter and other applications (if appropriate), and appearing for your preliminary hearing and/or trial.
(2) A flat (“block”) amount that you will pay if you wish to resolve your matter prior to trial (e.g. by way of guilty plea). This fee will cover all services necessary to resolve your case without a trial, such as: reviewing all disclosure, appearing in court on your behalf, conducting pre-trial discussions with Crown Attorneys, preparing for and conducting your plea bargain hearing.
This basis for billing is generally more beneficial than an hourly rate because it provides you with certainty as to costs. The block-fee bill also aligns both your and Frank’s interests in addressing your matter as efficiently as possible, without undue delay. Finally, you can take comfort in knowing that you may contact Frank to discuss your case and not worry about incurring additional costs.
Once a fee has been determined, payment plans can also be arranged to suit your specific financial situation.
Frank Retar accepts Legal Aid certificates from clients who cannot afford to retain him privately.