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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HIRING AN ATTORNEY

  • DO I NEED TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY?

    Only an attorney can present your defense to the State Attorney and the Court.  The Fifth Amendment precludes any conversation between a defendant and the prosecution.  You should not simply appear for a trial and hope for the best.

  • WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU INSTEAD OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER?

    Private attorneys have smaller case loads and can devote more time and attention to the defense of the charge.  To find out how I handle criminal defense charges, read the Approach page.

  • WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER HIRING YOU?

    Immediately after hiring me, I will begin working on your case.  I will file necessary pleadings, request discovery materials, and if applicable, speak to the prosecutor.  I will appear in Court on your behalf.  After each appearance, I will provide you with details as to the status of the case.

  • WILL I HAVE TO GO TO COURT?

    In misdemeanor cases, your presence is rarely required.  In felony cases, you must appear at every court date.  I will always tell you when your attendance is required.

  • DO YOU OFFER A FREE CONSULTATION?

    Yes.  During the first appointment, we will discuss the facts surrounding your case and I will try to answer all of your questions.  Once I have a better idea of the amount of work involved, I will quote you a fee for my services.

  • HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?

    Each case is unique; therefore, I cannot determine how much to charge until I know more.  If you schedule an appointment for an initial consultation, I can tell you how much it will cost to defend your case.

  • DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?

    On most cases, payment plans are available.  I generally require that one-half of the fee be paid at the time I am retained.  The balance of the fee and costs must be paid prior to the conclusion of the case.  Because most people don’t anticipate having to hire an attorney and therefore don’t have enough cash on hand, we do accept credit cards.

  • DO YOU CHARGE MORE TO GO TO TRIAL?

    Most of the time, we can negotiate a positive result without going to trial.  If we do need to go to trial, you will pay a trial fee.  I will tell you how much that fee would be during our initial consultation so there are no surprises.

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