What are your rates?
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How much experience do you have?
Please see my About page.
I’m charged with a “minor” crime, and lawyers are expensive. Can’t I just represent myself?
You can represent yourself in any case you want, from a speeding ticket to a murder charge, but you won’t be surprised to hear that we lawyers would usually recommend against it. There can be several hidden costs to even a “minor” crime which make it important to get the best result possible: higher insurance rates, the loss of your driver’s license, monthly fees for an ignition interlock device, fees for counseling programs, and a criminal record that impairs your later career prospects. A lawyer could possibly save you from these costs, give you piece of mind during the process, and might not be as expensive as you think. It’s worth at least a (free) consultation to find out.
I did the crime, and the police have evidence. Shouldn’t I just accept responsibility, plead guilty, and throw myself on the mercy of the court?
You can if you want to, but there are a couple reasons why you should think twice: Someone else who committed the same crime and fights the charge or negotiates with the prosecutor might get a lesser penalty, even if they eventually accept responsibility by pleading guilty. Something like 90% of criminal convictions result from plea deals, so the system, in a sense, has adapted to them.
Furthermore, even if you believe you are guilty of the charged crime, the police may have made mistakes or violated your constitutional rights while investigating your case. If so, forcing the prosecution to dismiss the case or reduce the charges not only helps you, but it helps all citizens by removing the incentive for law enforcement officers to abuse civil rights.
Why doesn’t your website contain stock photos of people in handcuffs, car keys, and glasses of alcohol?
Because this website was made by me, not a website company. I keep my overhead as low as possible, so I can charge lower rates.
Are things I tell you confidential?
As a general rule, whatever you tell me when we discuss your case is confidential and protected by the attorney/client privilege, even if you decide not to hire me or I decide not to accept your case. However, it might not be a good idea to use email for sensitive information, and it definitely is not a good idea to use your employer’s computer or your employee email to send private information about your case. Many employers monitor their employees’ emails.
What If I Have a Different Question?
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