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    Every person deserves to be represented by a dependable and aggressive attorney — no matter your financial status

    “How much will this cost?”

    This is one of the first things people want to know when they require representation for a criminal charge.

    Many people mistakenly believe that hiring a criminal defense attorney is something they simply can’t afford. The truth is, the cost of hiring a lawyer to represent you can be negligible when the charges you face are relatively minor. In other cases where the charges are serious and the legal battle is more complex, consider hiring an attorney who accepts a payment plan and offers a free initial consultation. When the cost of failure can be life in jail, this is the one time you don’t want to skimp on the costs.

    At The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp, we believe every defendant deserves to be represented by a committed and dependable criminal defense lawyer, regardless of their socioeconomic or income status. This belief is why we offer low-cost legal services, flexible payment plans and free initial consultations to all of our clients.

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    Attorney Matthew Sharp

    I require an in person consultation before I will discuss fees with a client. The consultation is free.

    I like to take the time to get to know people, and understand how difficult their case will be before I talk about money.

    Finding a dependable and affordable attorney can be challenging.

    The fight is just beginning.

    Results Matter.

    My results-driven approach means I can bring invaluable insights from past victories to help in your case.

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    I brought Matt an almost no-win case and he was able to help me change a negative to a positive. His advice is solid and staight forward. I highly recommend The Law Office of Matthew Sharp.

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    How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Private Criminal Lawyer?

    As with any other service, the cost of hiring a defense attorney depends on your unique case and the lawyer you choose. While every case is different, some common factors that might affect how much your defense will cost include:

    • The type of charge you’re facing (misdemeanor vs. felony)
    • The complexity of your case (state vs. federal court)
    • The time required to research, prepare and mount a strong defense
    • The court deadlines set in your case
    • Your prior criminal history
    • Whether expert witnesses and investigators are needed
    • Whether or not your case goes to trial
    • The fee structure the attorney uses (hourly billing vs. a flat fee)

    Do I Really Need to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

    It’s never a good idea to try to take on the criminal justice system on your own. Unfortunately, many defendants make the mistake of representing themselves because they think they can’t afford to hire a good attorney. Others seek to get legal help from a public defender who has an unmanageably high caseload and isn’t able to give their case the time and attention it deserves.

    When deciding whether or not to hire an experienced criminal lawyer, you must also consider the fact that a criminal charge could permanently ruin your reputation, career and future if you’re convicted — resulting in a mountain of fines, court fees and the loss of your job and career. Ultimately, teaming up with an affordable criminal defense attorney makes the most sense when you factor in the long-term financial burdens and loss of freedom that goes hand-in-hand with being convicted of a crime.


    Considerations When Hiring a Cost-Competitive Criminal Lawyer

    While Matt Sharp and many other Houston defense attorneys are truly passionate about what they do and have empathy for their clients, it’s an unfortunate reality that there are unethical lawyers out there who are just trying to make a quick buck off of someone’s unfortunate circumstances. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, you should be sure to avoid these dishonest people.

    There’s a difference between a “cheap” criminal lawyer and an attorney who is affordable or economical. Just because a lawyer is cheap, doesn’t mean he or she will aggressively defend your case. As with other facets of life, sometimes you get what you pay for. What you need is a cost-conscious attorney who will provide you with the same high-quality representation without the high price tag.

    Here are three factors to consider when searching for an affordable defense attorney who will have your best interests in mind:


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    An Affordable Attorney Who Works With Low-Income Defendants

    Quality legal representation is priceless. Regardless of your financial resources, having an experienced and aggressive attorney on your side is essential. You need an attorney who understands this. Matthew Sharp wants to make defending you in a court of law as easy and affordable as possible.

    Matt Sharp has dedicated his career to representing underserved and low-income individuals throughout Texas. In addition to volunteering his legal skills to the local community in Houston, he’s a proud member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association.

    We have successfully resolved a wide variety of cases, including DWI charges, theft and property crimes, drug-related charges, weapons, white collar crimes, assault/battery, prostitution crimes, sex crimes defense, federal defense and other criminal cases.

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