Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Criminal defense services, including conducting arraignments, pretrial negotiations, jury trials and expungements. Successfully defending against all types of misdemeanors and felonies, including DUI / driving offenses, domestic violence, gang charges and sex offenses. Working with the DMV to preserve or restore driving privileges.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. It's important to retain the services of an attorney who makes you comfortable and who provides peace of mind.
That being said, be careful not to simply hire the attorney who tells you what you want to hear. Many lawyers make unrealistic guarantees that they can't possibly deliver. Others make rosy predictions without having seen the evidence.
No attorney can accurately predict how a case will resolve before he or she has thoroughly reviewed all of the relevant evidence and spoken with all parties involved.
When you're shopping for a lawyer pick one who is honest and upfront. Sometimes being honest means telling you things that you don't want to hear.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. It's important to get an understanding of your attorney's case load. "Case load" refers to the number of open cases that your attorney handles at any given time.
If your attorney is very affordable, he or she probably has a heavy case load. When attorneys charge very low fees, they must handle a large number of cases in order to pay their staff and cover their own costs.
When an attorney carries a heavy case load, he or she probably has very little time to devote to your case. Attorneys who carry heavy case loads also have a lot of pressure to resolve cases early by encouraging clients to accept bad deals.
You wouldn't go to the cheapest tattoo artist that you could find, would you? Just like a tattoo artist, your attorney is performing work that can stay with you for life.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. It's important to have a good idea of what you hope to achieve in your case. What would you consider to be a "win"? Do you think you deserve a complete dismissal or acquittal? Do you hope to simply avoid jail time or keep your fines to a minimum? If your expectations are unrealistic, you'll be disappointed with any result.
Keep in mind that your attorney is an expert on the law, but he or she is not a wizard. Your lawyer cannot change the facts of your case.
It's important to be upfront and honest with your attorney, just as you'd expend your attorney to be honest with you. Share information with your lawyer at an early stage so he or she can use those facts to your advantage.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. The most common question that I hear from clients is, "How much time will I get?".
The only answer that a competent attorney can ever give to this question is, "That depends on a lot of things".
There are a lot of moving parts to every case. My job is to thoroughly evaluate the facts and to determine whether or not you have defenses to the charges. If you have possible defenses, my next job is to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your options. This can involve performing my own independent investigation. Often, my investigations turn up even more questions.
It's impossible to accurately predict whether or not you'll go to jail at all, and if so, for how long. Any attorney who says otherwise is lying to you.