One of the most intimidating things about hiring an attorney is the unknown. Most people just don’t know what the process is like or what to expect, especially during the initial consultation.
At the Law Office of Michael A. Schillinger, Esq., I offer free initial consultations, both virtually and in-person, so there is no financial risk in meeting with me. For clients throughout Long Island and New York City, I fight aggressively to minimize the consequences of criminal charges and will walk you through the legal process, step-by-step.
Consultations typically take between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity of the facts of your case. During your consultation we will walk through the legal process and discuss the potential options that you may have.
First, I will gather some information about you as a person. Some of that information is necessary so that I can keep you informed throughout your case. Other information becomes important to how your case is handled and can help us at the negotiation table. Unfortunately, many people in the legal system lose sight of is the fact that you are an individual person, not just a statistic. That won’t happen here. We make sure to give the police and the District Attorney a complete picture of you, not just what they see when they open up their file.
After we finish gathering all of your personal information, we’ll get into the facts and details of your case.. When you come in, it’s important to bring any documents you may have received when you were in court so that we can review the paperwork together. During this stage of the consultation, I will go over the specifics of your case, including your side of the story. Before you speak with us, you may have felt that people were not listening to what you had to say. That will not be the case here. This is your chance to explain exactly what happened. Remember, if you decide to hire me, I will be there for you in your corner, fighting every step of the way.
Finally, after we go over all your background information and the facts of your case, we will discuss what the next steps are. I understand that many people are not familiar with the specifics of the legal system, and I will outline what the process will be like, from start to finish. We will also take this opportunity to discuss the merits of your case, what potential penalties you may face, and how much everything may cost.
The initial consultation is just the beginning of your legal defense. Throughout your case, I will keep things simple and make sure we’re focusing on getting you results.
Criminal cases are extremely time-sensitive, and because of that it’s essential that you contact us as soon as possible. The sooner that we’re able to start investigating, the better.
The initial stages of the case can sometimes be key to the outcome. For instance, evidence such as surveillance video can sometimes be deleted within just a few days of a recording, and it’s important to obtain the evidence that supports your side of the story as soon as possible.
Additionally, it is critical to have an attorney representing your interests during any lineup procedures and before you give any statements to the police.
If you have any other questions or are ready to schedule your free consultation, please contact me at 631-561-7799 or email me.