Q. Do I need a Lawyer?

A. When you have a health issue, do you go to a doctor? For something potentially serious, the answer is likely “yes”. The same reasoning applies to potentially serious legal issues.

Q. Why not just represent myself?

A. You’ve heard the saying, “He who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client”. The prosecutor and judge will not cut you any slack despite your lack of legal knowledge and experience. With so much at stake, why would you put yourself in that situation?

Q. Can you guarantee a particular result? Is your fee dependent on the result?

A. No and no. There are simply too many variables to make any “guarantees” and criminal defense lawyers are prohibited from entering into any fee agreement where the fee is based upon the result.

Q. Must I allow police officers to search my person, home, or automobile?

A. Absolutely not. They are asking for your permission to search. They might have a warrant or probable cause to do a search regardless, no sense in giving them the additional justification of consent.

Q. I am under investigation for a criminal offense and the police want to talk to me to get my side of the story. What should I do?

A. Retain a criminal defense lawyer to discuss your particular case. Police officers are not looking to do you any favors, they are investigating potential criminal charges.

Q. If I refuse to speak to the police regarding my involvement in a criminal offense, can they use that against me?

A. Absolutely not. You have a Constitutional right to remain silent, and that cannot be used against you.

Q. How long will it take to resolve my case?

A. The honest answer is, “it depends”. Some cases resolve in a matter of days, others take over a year. Depending on the circumstances, there may be tactical reasons to expedite or delay a particular case.