Frequently Asked Questions
Consultations involving personal injury, such as automobile accidents, and most other civil matters are FREE.
Consultations where I am requested to review documentation and render an opinion about the matter are typically billed at my hourly rate, depending on the amount of documentation, the complexity of the issues presented and the length of the consultation.
Due to the large volume of calls that I receive for Criminal and DWI cases, it is not possible for me to offer free in office consultations. However, I can offer you a FREE 30 Minute Telephone consultation and a FREE Email consultation.
In office consultations for criminal and DWI matters are billed at $200.00 for an hour. This consultation fee is credited back to your account if you retain me as your attorney. In other words, the consultation fee will be applied to your retainer which results in a FREE consultation if you hire me to represent you in the case.
I do not “double book” appointments. When you schedule a consultation with me, a slot of time is reserved specifically for you. If you realize that you will not be able to make the appointment, please let me know so that I may make that time available for someone else.
There is no obligation to hire me after the consultation and you will not be requested or expected to do so. Topics that are normally covered during the consultation include: the facts of your situation, the law, court procedures, settlement options, probable court outcomes or results based on the facts and law, strategy, and expected total costs under different scenarios.
I am available Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and weekends, by appointment only.
In civil cases, my fee is usually contingent upon the outcome of the matter. In other words, my fee is a certain percentage of the amount of money recovered.
In criminal and DWI cases, the fee is usually a flat fee that is based on the amount of time I will spend working on your case. This includes the time that I will spend thinking about your case, writing motions, meeting with prosecutors, meeting with you, investigating your case, etc… When I compute a realistic time estimate, I multiply those hours by my hourly rate and arrive at my total flat fee for services rendered.
I do not accept every case that comes my way. If I commit to your case, I may be forced to decline others business because I only have so much time. I always try to service my existing clients before my future clients.
It is important to understand that when I decide to accept your case, your problems suddenly become my problems. I go home at night and think about the legal issues involved in your case. Sometimes, I stay awake until the wee hours of the morning working on your case. When I eat dinner with my family, I will talk about hearings and court appearances. Your life suddenly occupies a large part of my day-to-day life.