Frankly, you may find different rates in every state and every area within a state. For a felony, flat fees are generally unusual through trial. In my experience, in most cases retainers start around $5000 which may be a flat fee up to pretrial or charged against at an hourly rate. $6500 through trial in my estimation is reasonable and, in fact low.
Paying a flat fee in such a manner is also a significant motivator for the attorney to resolve the case early for a greater return on investment. I would suggest that a $10,000 to $20,000 at an hourly rate would not be too unusual and you could likely expect more aggressive representation.
One way to check out lawyers is to look for cases they have handled. Ask them for cases citations or even references for successful cases.
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