Frequently Asked Questions

  • When do I need a lawyer’s help?
    The exact answer depends on the situation. If you have been arrested or been served with a civil lawsuit then the answer is immediately. If you have been injured then usually it is best to talk with an attorney prior to talking with an insurance representative for the other party. If you have been contacted by law enforcement and asked to come in and give a statement, then it is probably a good idea to consult with an attorney prior to meeting with law enforcement. Since many attorneys will initially consult with you for free it is better to talk with an attorney if you have any doubts.

  • What should I bring to the first meeting?
    Bring any paperwork that you have that relates to the litigation. In criminal cases this would include warrants, bond paperwork, and any papers given to you by law enforcement or the court. In civil cases it would include any papers served on you, any accident report or any documents that are relevant to your case.

  • If we meet, am I under any obligation to retain services?
    Initial consultations are free. You are under no obligation to retain our services.

  • What sort of fees can I expect, and when will they be due?
    Most civil cases are taken on a contingency basis meaning that you do not pay unless there is a recovery. Usually the costs of litigation are paid by the attorney in these cases. Contingency fees are generally 33% but can vary. Criminal cases are fee based and vary greatly depending on the nature of the case. Usually one half of the fee is due as a retainer. Fees will be thoroughly discussed during the initial free consultation.

  • What happens if my case goes to court?
    Most cases are resolved without a trial; however, this is not always the case. I will meet with you and any witnesses as many time as needed to thoroughly prepare your case. We will discuss trial strategy and you will have absolute say-so on many issues, such as whether or not you will testify. The ultimate trial strategy is left up to the attorney, but the decision to settle a case is always decided by the client.

  • What happens if we win?
    When you win a civil case and the opposing party does not appeal, the money is distributed as soon as it is received from the insurance company or from the losing party. A thorough settlement statement is prepared detailing any costs and fees that are deducted from the judgment. When you win in a criminal trial, there is no appeal by the state so the litigation is ended.

  • What happens if we lose?
    If you lose a case the fee you have paid generally does not include the cost of an appeal.

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