How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

December 19, 2013  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

Cost should probably be the last thing on your mind when you are charged with a criminal offense. Your real concern should be getting the best representation you can get in the hopes of walking away from your charges with a minimum amount of damage to your life. However, unknowns can add to your stress and distress. So while the cost can depend on your circumstances we thought we’d share a little bit about how those costs may be determined. The attorney will consider how long he anticipates your case taking after consulting with you. He will listen to your concerns and to your story. Then he will generally set a flat fee retainer based on the amount of time he anticipates the case taking. He will take his hourly rate into account. The retainer will secure the representation you need. Other billing arrangements are generally handled at a later date. The amount that you’d pay for a good criminal lawyer won’t be cheap, but you are defending your reputation and possibly your freedom. Any court-ordered fines or restitutions could end up being far more expensive than attorney’s fees, as well. Resist the urge to look for rock-bottom prices when selecting a criminal defense attorney. If you are so financially so financially strapped…

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What Should I Do if There is a Warrant Out for My Arrest?

December 12, 2013  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

An arrest warrant is a serious situation that deserves your immediate attention. You could be found and arrested at any time, even if the police haven’t visited your home yet. If you learn of a warrant before your arrest you should call a criminal defense attorney immediately. An attorney can advise you on your next steps. You should not leave this issue unaddressed. Every day that you allow a warrant to pass unanswered becomes a day that makes your situation much more serious. You begin to look more and more like a fugitive. When caught, you will be considered a flight risk. This is even true for very old warrants. A warrant for your arrest doesn’t just go away. Once one has been issued there’s no statute of limitations on it. Old legal problems are just as important for you to deal with as new ones. You could be picked up at a traffic stop at any time. The attorney may be able to find options you didn’t even know that you had, so long as you work with him before you are caught. After you are caught your options become far more limited. While it’s true that an attorney may want you to turn yourself in he can do this in a…

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What Should I Do If the Police Bring Me in for Questioning?

December 9, 2013  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

Television has offered people an unclear picture of what you should do if the police bring you in for questioning. They make it seem like you will “look guilty” if you don’t tell the police everything that they want to know. Even if you haven’t been charged with a crime you should still be aware that you may be considered a suspect in a criminal case if the police are talking to you. You may not need an attorney if you have an air-tight, truthful, and verifiable alibi. If you don’t, you might want to go ahead and get a lawyer before answering any questions. Remember: You have the right to remain silent. You are not obligated to speak. The police may try to convince you that it’s in your best interests to do so, but you don’t have to. If you talk, speak the truth. Lying to the police can turn into its own criminal charge, even if you’re innocent of everything else! If you choose to divulge information make sure it’s true (to the best of your knowledge). Answer only what’s asked. If you choose to speak there is no need to volunteer more information than has been requested. Listen closely to the question, and offer only what has been requested….

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