How Much Do You Charge For A Consultation?
Nothing! Consultations are free and can be completed over the phone or in person.
How Long Do Consultations Last?
This is tough to answer as some cases are far more complex than others. Typically, a consultation lasts somewhere between 30 minutes and one hour. If you are short on time, we can cut to the quick version and the consultation can be completed in 30 minutes or less.
Do You Provide Free Legal Advice?
Yes...but that is a loaded question. I am happy to discuss your case in general terms and try to give you some limited advice, however, without knowing and studying all the facts of your specific case I can not possibly give you a full assessment.
Will I Need To Be In Court?
Most likely the answer to this is yes - however, there are exceptions. The majority of the time the court will require the defendant's presence at all hearings. However, if you are charged with a misdemeanor and live out of state there are times where I can ask the court to have you appear via telephone or through your attorney. In the end it is up to the court as to whether it will allow this request, but typically if the request is reasonable, the court is willing to provide reasonable accommodation.
Can You Guarantee Me A Result?
NO! Nor would I ever even consider making such a guarantee! Every case is different and it is impossible to predict how a case will resolve.
Do I Need A Lawyer?
I have a whole page devoted to this, take a look: Do I Need A Lawyer?
Will I Go To Jail If Convicted On A First DUI Charge?
Each case has its own unique evidence, and it is up to the judge to determine sentence based upon those unique set of facts. The maximum punishment for a first DUI is up to one year in jail - although this is a possibility, it almost never happens. In most cases, if you are convicted of a first time DUI, you will usually be sentenced to probation, a drivers license suspension, fines/cost, alcohol education, and some sort term of jail - 5-10 days is not uncommon. Typically this jail time can be served through community service or SILD (picking up trash on the side of the road in an orange vest).
Should I Just Plead Guilty?
Although this decision must be made by you, in most cases, there is nothing to gain by just pleading guilty. When a person pleads guilty, they are putting all giving away all their power and ability to negotiate. Pleading not guilty will allow a defendant to discover what evidence the prosecution has against them and how solid their charges are. In some cases, the evidence may be very weak and worth fighting in court. A resolution can also be negotiated for a lesser charge or penalty. The best course of action is typically to plead not guilty and contact an experienced attorney.