Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.
Thank you for using JustAnswer!You're going to federal court, right?
It is a big deal in federal court.
Having a drug conviction on one's record is a big deal.
You can't get a federal conviction expunged.
If you cannot afford to hire an attorney to represent you in court, when you go to court, ask for court-appointed counsel.
If you were in state court, yes, you may just get a slap on the wrist, go on your way, and maybe not even have a public criminal record.
Things don't work that way in the federal court system.
BUT ISNT $5000 WAY TOO MUCH FOR GODS SAKE. I HAVE A CLEAN RECORD AND EMPLOYED AT THE SAME JOB 16 YEARS, HOW HARD COULD IT BE ?
You are free to consult with other attorneys and get price quotes from them.
There are a lot of things that go into selecting attorney:
Recommendation from former clients.
There are attorneys that charge $10K and they're horrible.
There are attorneys that charge $2,500 and they're awesome.
My point is that, price alone, should not be the deciding factor.
However, you really should not go to federal court alone on a criminal charge. It is a big deal. And, even if you cannot afford to hire an attorney, ask the court for court-appointed counsel.
It is that important.
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OK THANKS ALOT