These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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8-Bills and Fees

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

A lawyer may charge a contingent fee for representing a criminal defendant in a civil forfeiture proceeding seeking to recover seized property because: the proceeding is civil rather than criminal; it “involves a res out of which a contingent fee could be paid;” and the outcome is uncertain.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn