Lawyers usually get paid by three different ways. Criminal defense attorneys get paid in two ways because it is unethical to charge a contingency fee or a results oriented fee in criminal cases. Most criminal defense attorneys charge by the hour or a flat fee. A flat fee is one set price for the entire case. In some circumstances the fee can be divided between the different stages of the case. For example , A lawyer may break the flat fee into segments of representation in General Sessions Court and Circuit Court. Here’s an article on the difference between a retainer and a flat fee.
One tip for the consumer . Always have the fee agreement in writing.