Frequently Asked Questions
Plano Criminal Defense Attorney Scott Edgett Can Help
Do you have questions about a legal matter? Plano criminal defense lawyer
Scott has the answers! He understands that facing the criminal justice
system can be extremely overwhelming and confusing, so he has compiled
a list of commonly asked questions in order to help you understand the
situation you are in.
If you would like to ask more questions, call (972) 635-4224 to speak directly
to Attorney Scott.
What Should I Do if I Am Stopped for a DWI?
Make sure that you stay both polite and calm the entire time. Use your
phone to record the interaction between you and the officer. Have your
license ready to show and only partially roll down your window. If you
are asked any questions, politely refused to answer them, and state that
you have been advised by your lawyer not to answer. If the officer requests
that you step outside of your vehicle, follow his or her instructions.
If you are asked to do any field sobriety tests, or give a breath or blood
sample, politely refuse and explain that your attorney has advised against
these actions. Do not talk further to the officer and
do not resist arrest. Once you are able to, call the Law Offices of Scott Edgett as soon as possible!
How Do I Choose a Criminal Defense Attorney Who Is Right for Me?
Selecting a lawyer who will represent you during your criminal law case
is a very crucial decision that should not be taken lightly. It would
benefit you greatly to consider a number of factors before you decide.
Attorney Scott Edgett has provided his informed advice on the matter below.
Choose an Attorney Who Solely Practices Criminal Defense
Because criminal law is a complicated and deeply scientific practice area,
you need a lawyer who stays aware of all law changes and current issues.
Make certain that the attorney you choose has a dedicated focus on criminal
defense for the greatest chances of success.
Ask Your Lawyer: Can the Charges Be Dismissed?
If the attorney you are considering does not answer the above question
with honestly and guarantees that your charges can be dismissed, you should
not choose him or her as your advocate. Not only is this behavior unethical,
there is virtually no method of predetermining what the outcome of your
case will be, even if the attorney has gone over the evidence. It is unethical
for any attorney to promise or guarantee results. A lawyer should give
you an idea of what the outcomes
may be, and should certainly formulate helpful strategies, but beware the lawyer
who promises results.
Will My Attorney Always Be Available to Communicate?
Unfortunately, there is no shortage of attorneys who can't be bothered
to give their clients the personalized attention and responsiveness that
they deserve. It is vital that you retain a lawyer who is willing to speak
to your directly whenever possible, and who gives you their personal phone
number and email address. This way, you can get immediate answers and
assistance from the attorney, and not from their staff.
Do Lawyers Actually Take Their Cases to Trial?
There are certain attorneys who charge very low fees and won't take
your case to trial because they do not want to devote the time and hard
work that it takes. They may not want to figure out a way to build a proper
defense and simply plan to take the plea bargain from the start. It may
even be possible that they do not believe that it is possible to win criminal
defense cases at trial. In fact, over 75% of defense lawyers have never
once taken a case to trial. Unbeknownst to many, district attorneys keep
a close watch on which lawyers take cases to trial. Don't hire an
attorney who isn't willing to fight for your success.
Be Wary of Attorneys Who Have Hidden Fees
Criminal defense lawyers oftentimes have a variety of different methods
they use to bill clients. There are those who charge hourly rates, those
who charge for each appearance in court, and still others who work on
a ladder basis, in which the price will grow steeper with the amount of
work that needs to be done.
At the Law Offices of Scott Edgett, Attorney Edgett charges flat fees that
are given up front, in a straightforward and clearly worded manner.
There are two types of flat fees at the Law Offices of Scott Edgett:
- A flat fee for handling the entire case up until trial
- A flat for handling a trial case
The reason for having two separate flat fees is that less than 10% of cases
go to trial. However, if you do need to take the matter to trial, you
can rest assured knowing that your case will cost the same amount, whether
it is for one court appearance or for twenty.
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