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Some of the frequently asked questions are:
Q: What are attorney fees?
A: For personal injury cases, the office does not charge a fee for consultation. For the vast majority of personal injury cases, the client does not pay any fees until the case is resolved. For California criminal defense, there is generally no fee for an initial consultation. If the client or his representative and I agree to representation, the fee depends on the amount of time expected to be spent and related costs such as investigators and experts (unless the court agrees to pay those costs).
California Criminal Lawyers FAQ - Personal Injury Lawyer California
Q: When will I get paid for my injury?
A: The job of a personal injury lawyer in California is to gain restitution for a plaintiff that has been wrongfully injured. However, the final resolution of a law suit depends on many factors. For example, the severity of the injury may require a significant amount of time. An injured person would not want to agree to a settlement when he or she is still recovering. A plaintiff's right to recover from pain in the future ends with a jury verdict and most settlements.
Q: My son/daughter is accused of a crime. What is going to happen to her or him?
A: There are many different things to consider in a criminal case. If there is a conviction, each charge or allegation by the state may have different consequences. A conviction, in some cases, requires a state prison term while others may permit probation. What exactly would happen depends on what evidence the prosecution may legally introduce and the client's prior criminal history, if any.
Q: What can you do?
A: The job of California criminal lawyers is to use every legal means to prevent the state from winning a conviction, even if a client is guilty of a crime. For example, if the client made a statement which was forced by illegal tactics by the police, I would expend all efforts to have it suppressed. If the client was illegally detained, I would file a motion to suppress the evidence gotten from that detention.
Q: What is going to happen in court?
A: In a felony case, the first appearance is called an arraignment. The defendant is told what the charges are and the potential consequences -- bail is set and a date for a preliminary hearing is scheduled. At the preliminary hearing, the state tries to convince the judge that a crime was committed and the defendant was involved. This takes very little evidence and usually the defendant is required to go to trial. After the preliminary hearing, other court appearances for motions, settlement negotiations, and trial will be set.