Frequent Questions Criminal Law
1. How do I know if I have a case?
A short consultation, at no cost to you, usually is all that is needed in order to determine if you should hire an attorney. In many cases, we can tell you if it is, or is not, in your best interest to hire an attorney.
2. How can I afford an attorney?
Attorneys fees and costs of litigation can be overwhelming. Understanding this reality, we handle cases on a contingency basis. That means that you pay our attorneys fees only if there is a recovery in your favor.
3. How do I pay for the expenses of my case?
In many cases, our law firm will advance the expenses and be paid back from your portion of the recovery.
4. Should I speak with the insurance company?
If you have already hired an attorney, you should be able to direct the insurance company to them. If not, it's best to consult with an attorney if you have any questions. Insurance companies are looking out for their best interests, not yours. Be wary about being asked to give a statement without legal advice. Many times information given in this statement can be used to unfairly minimize your claim.
5. How long will it take to settle my case?
There's no definite time when a personal injury case ought to be settled. It all depends on your unique circumstances. In all matters, the attorneys will regularly inform you of progress toward settlement. You should also know that cases do not always settle. If the insurance company insists on not compensating you or unfairly minimizes your losses, lawsuits are required to resolve the case.
6. What will the lawyer be responsible for?
The lawyer expects to use his or her specialized legal knowledge and skill to advise you on the different courses of action available to you and the possible consequences of each course of action so that you can make the best decisions about how your case or legal matter should proceed. The lawyer does not expect to make major decisions about your matter — that is your responsibility.
7. What will I be responsible for?
Your lawyer will expect you to be truthful and complete about the facts of your situation. Holding back information can prevent the lawyer from giving you the best advice. Your lawyer may also ask you to assist by locating documents and people that are important to your case. Of course, any other assistance you can provide such as word processing, organizing documents and other similar services will reduce the fees and costs that you would otherwise have to pay the lawyer.
8. What do I need to do to have a successful lawyer/client team?
Be sure that you and your lawyer have the same goals. Be especially certain that you have a clear picture of the expected timetable of your case when you can expect significant developments and when and how often the lawyer intends to contact you.