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Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

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How much will it cost for you to represent me/ How can I afford it?

The cost of how much it will cost for me to represent you depends on a variety of factors. The main factors are the type of crime you are charged with, whether it will be a trial, which court and court level you are charged in, how many court appearances need to be made, and the complexity of the case.

I understand hiring a lawyer can be very costly. I understand some people may not be able to come up with all the money upfront for more complicated or expensive matters. I try to work out payment plans with people that vary depending on your circumstances. I also take credit cards.

Do I need an attorney?

I sometimes get asked the question of "Why do I need an attorney? Can't I do it myself?" A lawyer can greatly improve your chances for a favorable result. Besides having extensive training, attorneys know and understand the law, and are best able to protect your rights.

Consider the following: If you cut open your arm with a knife, you could try and fix it yourself, either with bandages or staples, or you could go to a trained professional, a Doctor, and get it properly taken care of. The Dr. will cost you more than if you did it yourself, but the results ought to be worth it. You wouldn't risk your body by trying to do it youself, why risk going to jail from doing it yourself?

How do I know which attorney to hire?

Hiring the lawyer who is right for you can be a difficult decision. I advise clients that the most important things they should look for in a lawyer is experience, knowledge of the law, communication/ relationship with the client, and cost. After discussing my credentials with potential clients, telling them how I would handle their case, and discussing the cost, I find most clients are happy with the services I offer and decide to hire me to represent them. Feel free to call us for a free phone consultation to discuss your options with you.

When should I hire a lawyer?

By visiting my site, I assume you are considering hiring a lawyer to help you or someone else who was charged with a crime. If you have already been arrested and have pending charges, I advise you hire a lawyer as soon as possible. Many parts of a criminal case have strict deadlines, and if they pass you will lose some of your rights. It cannot hurt to have a lawyer working on your case from the beginning. It can harm you to wait until its too late.


Will I have to testify/ go to trial?

This question is very case specific. Only after analyzing your case thoroughly could I advise as to whether it makes sense to go to trial and whether to testify. I can say that an overwhelming majority of cases are settled without the need for trial. However, it is always your choice, and if you want to go all the way and fight it, I am prepared to do that on your behalf.

What are some of my rights?

* You have the right to an attorney.

* You have the right to a court appointed attorney if you cannot afford one and face possible incarceration.

* You have the right to hire your own attorney.

* You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to testify at trial.

* You have the right to be informed that anything you say may be used against you.

* You have the right to be informed of the charges against you.

* You have the right to confront the witnesses against you and to obtain witnesses in your favor.

* You have a right to all of the records that the police have.

* You have the right to a speedy trial.

* You have a right to a jury trial, when you face incarceration.

* You are Not Guilty until proven otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt.

If the police officer did not inform me of my Miranda rights can the case be dismissed?

A: Generally, no. However, if you were in custody and interrogated without being informed of your Miranda rights, it may be possible to exclude from evidence anything you said.