DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY?
It depends.  This is a complex question.  Every case and ever personal situation is different.  For example, if you are being charged with a minor misdemeanor, then you may not.  However, if you are undocumented then you may want to consult with legal counsel, as even minor misdemeanors can have extraordinarily tough immigration consequences.   Additionally, for example, custody cases can go from polite to horror in the blink of an eye.   Moreover, you may need an attorney to help you navigate the complexities of the immigration process or of the appeal procedures. 

There are most certainly matters that can be handled without an attorney.  However, if you have any questions about your rights; potential consequences; sentences; questions about procedures and time frames, among other things then you should seek legal advise. 

In general, if you find yourself in a legal situation, the best idea is to seek legal advise.    We are always forthright when we evaluate a case, even if it's something that you may not want to hear.  Regardless of whether you choose to contact us or someone else make sure you ask questions!      

WHAT DO I DO FIRST?
If you find yourself in a legal situation, any legal situation, the best idea is to immediately contact an attorney for legal advise.  

HOW QUICKLY DO I NEED TO TAKE ACTION?
The short answer is: immediately.  Time is always of the essence.  In criminal matters, having an attorney involved from the very beginning can help mitigate the severity of the charges themselves or the potential sentence in the end.  In divorce, custody and other parental matters, early legal advise and intervention may save thousands of dollars and hours of heartbreak.   In immigration matters, early legal advise can stop deportation and in other matters save months, if not years in the legalization process. 

WHAT IS THIS GOING TO COST ME?
We understand that cost is an enormous concern for our clients.  Therefore, we offer flat fee rates on our criminal defense matters, immigration matters, bankruptcy, and post conviction matters.  This means the client will know exactly what representation for their case will cost regardless of how long it takes or how many trips to court are involved.  We offer this assurance to the client in a time of uncertainty.  We accept all forms of payment and if necessary we can set up a payment plan.  We also offer flat rate fees for many domestic matters; however, for contested divorces and contested custody matters we require a retainer and charge an hourly fee.