Criminal Defense Questions

General Questions

There are several questions you may have when it comes to criminal defense. Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions.

There are many factors that have to be considered before quoting a fee for a case. I like to sit down with any potential client and meet with them to discuss if there is any criminal history or circumstances that might affect a case going forward.

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 Yes. The information you share with me is protected by the attorney-client privilege and will remain confidential. This protection will apply even when my legal representation terminates or if you do not retain me. Because your communications are privileged, it is important that you make full disclosure of all pertinent facts with respect to your personal injury claim (such as prior injuries) so that I can fully access your case. This is further important so the defense does not catch us by surprise in the middle of representation, which could be detrimental to your case.

Criminal Defense Questions

Yes. If you intend to plead guilty to a crime it is imperative that you first seek legal advice. Even if the outcome is a guilty plea, I can potentially negotiate a lesser charge or a lighter sentence. If you attempt to negotiate a case on your own you may end up with more charges being added or a harsher sentence. Admitting guilt should only be when all other avenues have been exhausted. I will investigate a case to see if there are any legal issues which could result in a dismissal.

No. You never have to speak to a police officer, that is your constitutional right. Police officers lie and try to trick people into confessing to crimes. It is best to say nothing and hire a lawyer like myself to navigate the waters and deal with the police and prosecutors.  

 

No. You will never be able to clear the matter up. The police have generally decided you are guilty and so they are directing their investigation into establishing your guilt. I am an advocate, and when the time is right it is my job to tell your side of the story either to a district attorney or to a jury. 

 
 

As soon as possible, especially if you have been arrested or detained by law enforcement. When being detained you should be informed that you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. You should exercise both of these rights and contact a lawyer immediately. As your lawyer, the earlier I am hired, the earlier I can devise a strategy for handling your case going forward. 

There is no such thing as a minor charge. Even if you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense, the consequences of a conviction could follow you for the rest of your life. For this reason I, as your lawyer, will take the time to learn about your charges and any defenses that may be available to you. I have helped many clients get a dismissal or plead to a lesser charge. 

You should hire a lawyer immediately. You will need a lawyer for your new case as well as the case where you are on probation. It is possible, and I have successfully negotiated many times, for my clients to receive either a dismissal or more probation on their new case. A new case does not automatically mean prison. There are many options that must be explored before prison. I have also won revocation hearings in front of judges where my clients went home instead of to prison.  

 

Civil Litigation Questions

The client comes first. I know that the court system and litigation can be daunting for anyone who has not been through the process before, and so I want to take on that burden for my clients. It is important that I have a good relationship with my clients and that I understand their ordeal. I see the person behind the injury. I want justice for my clients and that is achieved through spending time with my clients and giving them qualified and skilled legal representation. 

Proper medical attention must be your first priority, and then you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. I can assess your case and explain your legal options. You must be aware that there is often a time limit set by law when it comes to filing personal injury cases. Only a few special circumstances will extend the time limit on when to file a suit.

I will walk you through the whole process. Keep all documentation that you are provided in connection with your injury including police reports and statements from witnesses, photos from the scene and any other evidence you can collect. This will be the start of building your file to build your case. 

 

There are varying degrees of injuries, from ones that are short term, others that are long term, and unfortunately some injuries are permanent. All injuries are treated seriously by me as they have impacted my clients’ lives. Injuries include: work injuries, whiplash, broken bones, soft tissue damage, neck and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations and paralysis and burn injuries. 

 
 

No. You must contact a lawyer immediately even if treatment is ongoing. In some cases treatment may last forever. As your lawyer I can investigate your case, negotiate medical bills, and argue for payment of costs that have and will be incurred. From the time of injury the clock is ticking on when to file a lawsuit and if you wait until treatment is over we may be time barred from filing suit. Contact a lawyer immediately after an injury. 

It is important to remember that your interests and the interests of the insurance company are not the same. While it is illegal for a non-attorney, such as an insurance adjuster, to provide legal advice, they often do, and it usually is not very sound. You should always seek an opinion from a personal injury lawyer to get an unbiased legal opinion regarding your case and your rights. In my practice I provide free, no risk case consultations to injured persons and their families.

This will depend largely on the type of case and the damages sustained. My clients have suffered an injury and require medical treatment. Thus, past and future medical treatment is recoverable. As are all past and future lost wages. Also recoverable are ‘general damages’, which include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and inconvenience associated with the injury. In some cases, clients are entitled to ‘punitive damages’, these are damages which are intended to punish the wrongdoer, when that wrongdoer’s actions were intentional or reckless. In auto collision cases, my clients are also entitled to recover the damage to their vehicle, as well as the ‘loss of use’ of that vehicle for the time the client was without the use of the vehicle because it was damaged.

 

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