Feb 22, 2008

And your reserve price?

auctionbid.jpgWhat's the average legal fee for handling a misdemeanor in Jackson County, Michigan? It used to be $250, but that was before the county auctioned off its public defender obligations to bidding lawyers. So far the bids have ranged from $165 to $220 per case. How much does the county expect to save with its new bidding system? Estimates have the savings pegged at $20,000 per year. What types of misdemeanors are we talking about? Some drunk driving, simple drug possession, various traffic violations. Possible reasons for getting drunk or taking drugs in Jackson County? Unemployment is near 7.9 percent and last year the county had 1,227 house foreclosures.

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