Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Criminal Defense, DUI, DWI, Drunk Driving, Drugged Driving, Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Truck Accidents, Amusement Park Accidents, Slip and Fall, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Wills & Estates, and Civil Litigation.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. I cannot discuss cases because of attorney-client privilege.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Don't wait till the last minute. Lawyers are busy and their schedules get full very quickly. In addition to making sure the attorney is available, you are also allowing the lawyer more time to work on your case. Some evidence may be destroyed, the sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner that evidence can be collected and saved for your case. In criminal defense, there are deadlines that must be met. If you miss those deadlines, then you may waive those defenses for your case.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. If I were a customer or a client of an attorney, I would want to make sure that I hire an attorney that handles the type of law that covers my legal issue. What I mean by this is, don' hire a hand surgeon to look at your foot, the same goes for a lawyer. Don't hire a tax lawyer when you are facing a criminal charge of DUI/DWI. There are hundreds of areas of the law, each more is complex and changing. Make sure you hire an attorney that is current in that area of the law is focusing their work and practice on that legal matter.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. You should ask the lawyer that you are interviewing what types of cases he or she handles. At our office we handle criminal, DUI, DWI, traffic violation, personal injury, medical malpractice, wills and estates. You can also search the lawyer on the Maryland Judiciary Case Search. If the lawyer has a lot of entries that are recent in the area that you are looking for then you can feel comfortable that he or she knows that they are talking about. You also want to ask about which courthouses the lawyer is in frequently as well as the background of the lawyer. What did the lawyer do before he was a private attorney. Asking what that lawyers success rate is does not gauge how well that lawyer will do in your case. A win in a criminal case can have a lot of different outcomes depending on the charges and the evidence.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. They should research the lawyer, find out what type of law they practice and then read about their past and how they have handled their cases. If you know someone that I have represented, talk to that person and find out how I treated their case and if they were satisfied.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. As a former Assistant State's Attorney I am able to provide a unique perspective for my clients. Understanding both sides of each case benefits my clients.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I enjoy helping my clients resolve their criminal, DUI, DWI or personal injury matters.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Should I have a lawyer for my criminal case? You should always have a lawyer in any legal matter, most importantly a criminal law matter.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. Every client's case is confidential and protected by the Attorney-Client privilege.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Lawyers often receive a bad reputation. Most lawyers, including myself, are here to help our clients. The legal system is complicated, we have trained and practice in an ever evolving profession. You want to make sure you hire a lawyer that knows his trade and the specific type of law your case pertains to.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I worked for lawyers when I was young and I like that everyday was something different and you were able to help people with their legal problems.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I wish I could, I have a lot of success, but the attorney-client privilege prohibits lawyers from discussing the details of their clients and cases.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I continually read and research new issues as well as review all new laws passed by the Maryland legislature as well as new case law from the Maryland and Federal Courts.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. In criminal law, the Courts and legislature change the law yearly. In injury law, the insurance company practices will change by the day. Keeping current on the law and practices make my office always on top of the best course of action for our clients.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. For criminal cases we charge a flat fee and for personal injury and medical malpractice cases they are based on contingency.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. All criminal matters are based on a flat fee. Personal injury matters are handled on a contingency basis, which means if we don't achieve a verdict or settlement, you don't pay anything.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. The first thing to do is go to law school. Once you have completed that task, take and pass the bar exam for the State where you want to practice. Try different areas of the law and find our what you like best. Some lawyers want to be in Court everyday like myself, some would rather work in their office on civil matters. You have to find what you like and would what you want to do for your career.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My ability to listen to my clients, understand their case and the issues they have and best apply that to the law and how we can resolve their case with the best outcome.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. I am trying to make sure more clients have their cases resolved faster through the Court system. This i tough because there are so many cases, and most clients want their case resolved favorable and in a timely manner.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Q: How Can I Contact Your Office?
A: The best way to contact the office is by phone. You can call the office. You can also visit our website or you can email Mr. Rice. You can also view our videos at YouTube.