Frequently Asked Questions
Our Plano Criminal Defense Attorneys Can Help
Do you have questions about a legal matter? At the Edgett Law Firm, we have the answers. Our Plano criminal defense lawyer understands that facing the criminal justice system can be extremely overwhelming and confusing. We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions in order to help you understand the situation you are in.
What Should I Do if I Am Stopped for a DWI?
Make sure to remain 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 Edgett Law Firm as soon as possible.
How Do I Choose the Right Criminal Defense Attorney?
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. Our defense team 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 your attorney guarantees that your charges can be dismissed, you should not choose him or her as your advocate. Not only is this behavior unethical, but 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 possible outcomes and formulate helpful strategies, but beware of any lawyer who promises results.
Will My Attorney Always Be Available to Communicate?
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 avoid building a proper defense by simply planning to take the plea bargain from the start. They may not even believe 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 to bill clients. There are those who charge hourly rates, those who charge for each appearance in court, and others who work on a ladder basis where the price grows steeper with the amount of work that needs to be done.
At the Edgett Law Firm, we charges flat fees that are given up front, in a straightforward and clearly worded manner.
There are two types of flat fees at the Edgett Law Firm:
- A flat fee for handling the entire case up until trial
- A flat fee 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.
Call (972) 635-4224 now and get started.