The average cost for a probation attorney depends the complexity of the case, how far the attorney would need to travel for court appearances and hearings and the experience of the attorney. Consumer Reports surveyed its readers and reported the median legal fee for criminal cases was $1,500.
Many times a probation, or criminal lawyer, is needed when a defendant violates his probation. Probation attorneys must ensure the defendant's legal rights are protected when being charged with violation of probation. A lawyer may charge his client based on the amount of time put into the case and whether the case goes to trial. Some lawyers charge a fixed fee, while others charge by the hour.