Criminal Defense Lawyer FAQs
Why hire a private attorney?
While public agencies such as the legal aid society have competent lawyers, they are handling hundreds of cases at the same time, making your case just another statistic. By hiring a private attorney, you ensure that you are not viewed as just a number and that you get the personal dedication that you deserve.
Furthermore, while government lawyers get paid regardless of how many cases they have, I understand that much of my business comes from referrals from satisfied clients. Therefore, your case is not only important to me because I want to get you the best possible result, but it’s also important to me to ensure that you are a satisfied client.
Can I represent myself?
The answer here is maybe, but why would you want to? Generally speaking, legal problems tend to be some of the biggest problems people face in their lives. With all of the difficulties that people encounter in the American legal system, it is likely that you will need an experienced attorney to help you navigate it.
What is your typical response time?
Every client is a priority client. I always respond to voicemail messages within 24 hours of receipt (and usually much sooner than that) and answer my email messages at least once or twice a day. I will always be upfront with a client about any limitations on my schedule.
My loved one has been arrested; what do I do?
The first and most important thing that you can do is find your loved one an experienced attorney to represent them. Many important decisions are made at the preliminary stages of a criminal prosecution, right after someone is arrested.
Please remember, that someone who has been arrested has a right to have counsel present during questioning by law enforcement or prosecutors. Additionally, it is important to have an attorney present for the arraignment of your loved one because it’s at that time the judge will determine whether or not to set bail. If you or a loved one has been arrested, don’t hesitate to contact my office for help.
I believe there may be a warrant for my arrest; what do I do?
If you’ve been contacted by police and told that there’s a warrant for your arrest, or even that you’re a potential suspect in a crime, it is essential that you contact an attorney as soon as possible.
You have a number of rights that you may not be aware of, and law enforcement has tactics that you may not be familiar with. Be certain your rights are protected throughout the investigation process. Getting representation at this stage of the case can mean the difference between whether or not you are even arrested.
Contact An Attorney Today
If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, the most important thing you can do is talk with an experienced criminal defense attorney. At the Law Office of Michael A. Schillinger, Esq., I am here to help you fight against criminal charges and get the best results possible for you.