Federal lawyers can be very expensive. Most federal lawyers are very experienced as they have been litigating state cases before evolving into federal court. The criminal penalties in federal court are often times much greater than that of state court, and thus the amount of work to be done in such cases can be massive. In addition, the prosecutors in federal court (the United States Attorney’s Office usually have many more resources than those of state prosecutors. The United States Attorney’s Office has the resources of the FBI, DEA, etc. and often cases are investigated for years before the United States Attorney’s Office brings an indictment. Federal lawyers can charge from $10,000 to millions of dollars in legal fees.