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Looking for legal help (urgent!)

Posted by louloumac-283464 - Created: 5 years ago
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Posted by Garonne - 5 years ago

Without giving some idea of the nature of the offence it's a little difficult for people to recommend their avocat(e)s to you as naturally they all have specialist fields.

So far as fees are concerned, not quite sure what you mean by 'understanding'!  Lawyers are expensive.  Legal aid in France is available (aide juridictionelle) and you can see the bareme here but you have to be earnig a very low wage to qualify:



However, if he thinks he may qualify he'll need to make it clear to the avocat when he makes his appointment that he wishes to make an application for AJ as not all avocats accept clients on legal aid.

Normally for an initial meeting, 2nd meeting, reading of all case notes and pleas from both sides and representation at court you can expect to pay around 1000 euros plus.

Apart from legal aid, your friend can also ask the court for the list of Ordre des Avocats au Barreau.  These are generally speaking junior avocats, qualified but new to the Bar and gratuit. They will usually see their clients for one meeting prior to the court case at their cabinet but many 'minor offenders' just arrange to meet them on the day of the court case for a brief chat before their hearing.

Unfortunately I've been to a few court cases, once for myself and a couple of times for my son.  They are very different to British courts.  All offenders enter the court at the same time and are called one at a time.  Even for French speakers it can be quite daunting.  (We didn't use them but non French nationals are entitled to a translator which is paid for by the Court).