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.

Get a Plano criminal defense lawyer to come to your aid by contacting the firm today!

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