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The Consultation Phase
The process begins with a simple phone call, web inquiry or email. We’ll speak over the phone or set up a time to meet in person. The purpose of this first conversation is to try and identify the problem. I’ll determine if I can take your case and the amount of work involved. If everything checks out, we’ll discuss the price. We take most cases on flat fees. This means the price is fixed with no hidden fees.
The Hiring Phase
If we decide to work together, we’ll complete the necessary paperwork. This involves executing a formal fee agreement that outlines the costs and parameters of representation. This can be done in person or through the internet.
The Learning Phase
We begin the process with you. We’ll next identify your top priorities (avoiding jail, preserving a career, maintaining an immigration status, protecting reputation, reunifying with family or obtaining addiction treatment). We’ll prioritize those goals when formulating our plan of action. I’ll also want any information you can provide to help me defend you.
The Heavy Lifting Phase
Once we the facts of your case, we’ll finish developing your defense. I’ll analyze the law and, where appropriate, submit motions to litigate the legal issues. If your rights were violated, I’ll fight to rectify it. We’ll also flesh out your most cogent defenses and prepare for trial. Sometimes, we can convince the other side to back off and either dismiss or significantly mitigate the consequences of your case short of trial.
The Initial Feedback Phase
After listening to your goals, I’ll provide you with feedback. The uncertainty after being charged with a crime is torturous. Anxiety levels are high so I’ll help to ease that anxiety by explaining the range of possibilities in your case. I’ll also explain what won’t happen in your case. There’s a lot of false information out there and I’ll try to set things straight. Lastly, I’ll explain the most likely outcomes of your case based on the information I have at the time. I’ll identify the best case scenario and outline my plan to get you there.
The Appearance Phase
This is the phase where we roll up our sleeves and get to work. I’ll work hard to minimize your time in court where possible. I’ll take over the communications and insulate you from the stresses of litigation as best I can. You’ll no longer need to carry your burden alone because I’ll be at your side to fight back.
The Discovery Phase
When a case begins, there’s a discovery period because we need to know what we’re up against. This is where we’ll gather the case evidence and track down witnesses. Sometimes we may need to involve experts or private investigators to illuminate your case. Don’t forget, we’ll work collaboratively because you’re often the best source of evidence. Sometimes, the government isn’t always forthcoming. In that situation, I’ll submit requests on your behalf for the information you’re entitled to and, if necessary, file any motions to obtain the evidence.
The Resolution Phase
Either by trial, dismissal or negotiation, we’ll resolve your legal problem. My promise to you is to do my absolute best. I don’t care what you’ve done or where you come from–I care about you and your future. I want your future to be brighter after working with us.