How much will this cost me?
The cost depends on the seriousness of the offense. Misdemeanor are typically less expensive to defend than felony charges. Your attorney will quote you a fee at your initial consultation.
What are the consequences of a misdemeanor or a felony conviction?
The consequences for a misdemeanor depend on the offense. It can range from a fine to up to six months in jail. The punishment for a felony can include a fine, jail time, and/or prison time. It is important to have an attorney to advise you of the potential consequences of a conviction.
I’ve been arrested for a misdemeanor, do I really need an attorney?
Yes. Although a misdemeanor is not as serious as a felony, there can be significant consequences if you are convicted of a misdemeanor. An attorney can potentially protect you from collateral consequences such as losing your business license.
Why do I need an attorney to handle my case?
It is important to have an attorney represent you because your statements to law enforcement can be used against you. An attorney can protect your rights and speak to the police for you. If you are charged, an attorney can evaluate any potential issues and defenses that may be available to you.
I haven’t been arrested but the police have contacted me for a statement. What should I do?
Any statement that you give to the police can be used against you even if you haven’t been charged with a crime. You should contact an attorney and allow them to contact the police for you.
I can’t afford to pay for an attorney, can I still be represented by one?
Yes. Personal injury attorneys provide representation on a contingency fee, which means that his/her fees are paid out of any settlement received at the conclusion of the case.