Don Waggoner Law, P.A.
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Introduction: I offer free consultations for people accused of crimes. I advise them of all the possible defenses for their case and I advise them of all the possible consequences of their case should they be convicted. i try to make sure there are no surprises. I am always accessible. I don't lie to them. Here are my promises to everyone: HERE ARE THE RIGHTS I MAKE SURE YOU GET IF YOU HIRE ME: Once arrested, the absolute right to a reasonable bond being set either at your first appearance (usually takes place within 24 hours) or as soon after that as possible. The right to have me present when you are questioned by law enforcement or anyone else, before, during, and after your arrest. If I am not present when you are questioned, or another attorney if you don't hire me, you should not make any kind of statement whatsoever. The right to have me present at your arraignment, or to waive your appearance at your arraignment, and to get a trial date set for you. You have the right to plea guilty or no contest at this point, but I advise that you do not plead either one until you have consulted an attorney. The right to have me review the evidence the state intends to present against you, go over that evidence with you, and discuss with you the merits of your case. The right to have me discuss your case with the prosecutor and to negotiate for a reasonable plea offer. You have the absolute right to have a trial regardless of whether you are innocent or guilty, regardless of any counsel to the contrary you may receive, and regardless of any plea offers that may be extended to you. You have the absolute right to make the state prove any accusations against you beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt. You have the right to have a jury determine whether the state has presented enough evidence to convince it beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the accusations against you, or whether you are not guilty because the state did not prove the accusations beyond a reasonable doubt. You have the right to make pre-trial motions and to have the court hear evidence and argument concerning those motions and make a timely ruling on those motions. You have a right to copy or inspect the evidence the State intends to use against you, to investigate the evidence to be presented against you and to present a defense against that evidence by presenting your own evidence and witnesses. (The right to pre-trial discovery does not exist in Federal court). You have a right to depose and, at trial, cross-examine the state's witnesses. You have a right to have me, or another attorney present with you at any critical stage of the case and you have a right to be present at any hearings concerning your case. If you plead guilty or no contest, or if you are found guilty after a trial, you have the right to have me represent you at your sentencing, to present any mitigating evidence, and to present witnesses on your behalf. You have the right to appeal any decision made by the court against you, even if you plead guilty. If you are not a U.S. citizen and are convicted of a crime either by plea or by jury trial, your right to remain in this country may be in jeopardy. Finally, you have the right to only be charged a reasonable and fair price for your defense. I get to fight the governement on your behalf. Together we fight "the Man." I like helping people out of jams and to get their lives back together.
Hired 4 times
14 years in business
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I do not have a complicated pricing system. My fees/quotes are based upon the amount of time I think a case will take, whether it will go to trial, the issues in the case and the amount of responsibility I am taking on, the desires of the client, and, sometimes, the ability of the client to pay. I usually accept payments, but I require at least half of an agreed upon quote to be paid up front. The rest is made in payments and must be paid regardless of when the case concludes.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I sit down with them and go over the situation they have gotten themselves into (usually). I discuss the facts and get their side of the story. There are always three sides to a story, the state's, the client's, and the one we present to the judge or jury. I discuss what their expectations are and what outcome they expect. I try to tell them what reasonable outcome to expect. I discuss the things we will have to do to get the desired outcome. I discuss their ability to pay and how the fee is to be paid. I let them know how to contact me. Most of all, I try to get them to relax and trust me to take care of the case.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I went to college and to law school. I take at least 30 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) courses every year. I attend a DUI seminar at least once yearly. I attend trial practice seminars regularly. I also interact with and discuss cases and issues with my colleagues across the state daily through professional forums.