How much it will cost for an attorney to defend you often depends on the unique circumstances and facts of your case. In order to properly defend you, a lawyer must devote many hours of time to your case, understand the facts, research legal issues, communicate with the prosecutor and Court, speak with witnesses, and make motions of your behalf. Simply stated, the more time an attorney spends on your case, the higher the fee will be. If your case proceeds to trial, the fee will be higher than if your case resolves by way of a plea bargain because of the substantial amount of time that must be spent to properly prepare for a trial.