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Old 10-03-2017, 08:45 AM
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Default Just curious as to how much a lawyer would cost to file a habeas corpus

I am trying to find out for one of my pals how much a service like this would cost for him to file one. Please, if i have posted in the wrong forum, just have it moved to the correct one.
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Much depends on the issues in the case. GOOD habeas counsel is going to insist on doing a FULL evaluation of the case before even advising whether there are grounds to take that one bite at the apple. As a general rule, you get ONE shot...screw it up and you are screwed. This is why a lot of attorneys frown upon the writ writers in prison...they encourage inmates to file crap which then leaves the attorney left trying to determine if there is ANYTHING that can be salvaged for a subsequent writ (and often times there is NOTHING to be salvaged).

You can expect fees from $10K on up...plus costs for investigators and preparation of the Reporter's Record if that was not previously prepared (and those are not cheap).
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