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Old January 22, 2010, 08:35 PM   #8
Frank Ettin
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In many cases, $5,000 is going to be pretty much the floor.

You'd be well advised to get a lawyer, and even if everything is absolutely clear cut and cleanly in your favor, you're going to burn up 10+ hours of lawyer time, and that's $2,000 to $5,000 +/-.

If your lawyer is going to have to push the DA to decide that the shooting was righteous or otherwise pitch your position, we're getting up toward $10,000. Throw in a court appearance or two, and now we'd be pushing $15,000 to $20,000.

Now if you're really unlucky and wind up in trial, costs for a jury trial, including private investigator and expert witness fees, will push the bill up to somewhere between $75,000 and $150,000.

You can probably add another $2,000 to $20,000 to the above figures to cover time off work, bail bonds, etc.
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