Mr. Gutmacher requires an upfront payment (called a "retainer") to engage his services in a criminal case. The retainer is not less than $2,500.00. Our minimum fee for a case that goes to trial is $5,000.00, which includes the retainer. Fees may be considerably higher than these amounts, but the least we accept as a retainer is $2,500.00, and the least we charge for a trial is $5,000.00.
Fees are generally structured depending on the expected degree of difficulty, outside expertise required, possible travel, and estimated time involved. We make a full-time commitment to clients, and expect them to do the same with us. We are not in the loan business, nor are we in a position to worry about whether the fee will be paid, or not. We can generally extend a client a period of up to thirty (30) days to come up with the final fee (after the retainer is paid), but that is generally the best we can do.