This Article attempts to shed light on the use of a contingent fee arrangement in criminal defense, and offers differing views pertaining to this topic. First, this Article will generally describe what a contingent fee is. Second, the role and potential application of the contingent fee in both criminal and civil settings will be discussed. Third, problems associated with such an arrangement in criminal defense practice will be addressed, as will certain positive aspects of such an arrangement. Finally, this article will discuss how lawmakers could address this issue to ensure that contingency arrangements cannot be abused.
Adam Silberlight, Gambling with Ethics and Constitutional Rights: A Look at Issues Involved with Contingent Fee Arrangements in Criminal Defense Practice, 27 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 805 (2004).