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Frequently Asked Questions

1) When should I hire an attorney?

It is important to hire an attorney for your case as early as possible in your proceedings. You may receive notice of a pending investigation before charges are actually filed. For example, you may be presented with a search warrant before charges are filed. It is imperative that as soon as you receive notice of an investigation or pending charges, you obtain experienced legal counsel to guide you through the labyrinth of the federal criminal system.

2) Why should I hire a private attorney instead of using the public defender?

To use a public defender, you must qualify as indigent, or a person without funds to hire an attorney. If you qualify for a public defender, you will not meet with your attorney until after your first few court appearances because you must prove to the Judge that you qualify as an indigent before the public defender can be appointed. That means many days wasted with no one working for you on your case. Also, public defenders are over-worked, with limited time to dedicate to your case. Further, you have no voice or choice in choosing the specific public defender that will protect your rights and freedom.

3) What is an appeal and how do I get one?

An appeal may be taken after a conviction and sentencing. However, there are very strict time limitations. In most federal criminal cases, the Notice of Appeal must be filled within ten (10) days of the filing of the Judgment Order. An appeal is not a re-trial of your case. The purpose of an appeal is to point out errors made in the district court proceedings and to have them corrected. In most guilty pleas in federal court, the U.S. Attorney will require the defendant to waive the right to appeal.

4) If I plead guilty, may I change my plea? May I appeal?

The answer to each of these questions is case specific. In some circumstances, it is possible to withdraw a plea of guilty, however time is of the essence. The longer a person waits, the less likely it is that the court will allow him to withdraw his guilty plea. An appeal after a guilty plea is limited to those issues reserved in writing pursuant to Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. One cannot appeal his own decision to plead guilty but may be able to appeal the district court's refusal to allow him to withdraw the plea.

5) What is a retainer and how does it work?

There are two ways to hire me. One is a flat fee contract and the other is a retainer contract. A flat fee contract sets a specific amount (flat fee) to be paid for the services rendered. A retainer contract sets an hourly rate for my services. The retainer itself is a lump sum paid and deposited into my office escrow account. I bill monthly against the retainer funds in the escrow account to pay both myself and the expenses. I send you a statement each month to show the expenditures and current balance.

If the retainer is not entirely used, I refund the balance at the end of the case. If the retainer is exceeded and work remains to be done, you will need to deposit again into the escrow account to fund your defense. In addition to my services, you will pay the costs of depositions, expert witnesses, long distance telephone charges, travel expenses, copying charges, courier services and other costs of your defense as set out in the written contract. A properly funded defense is essential to achieving an appropriate result in federal cases.

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