Questions to Ask Your Attorney


Important questions to ask a lawyer

What areas of law do you practice?
Find out if he/she has experience in the type of law you need to handle your case. You want to have the peace of mind that the person handling your case has the knowledge and experience to get the job done.

Have you handled many of this type of case?
Find out if your type of case is more difficult than what they are used to handling, especially with felonies. You want to know that they understand the system and the laws that apply to your type of case. 

How much trial experience do you have?
Find out if he/she is willing to try your case. Do they have a reputation for trying cases? Have they ever tried a case before? If so, how many cases and what were the verdicts? You want someone who has confidence and experience inside a court room. Be sure to specify between a judge and a jury trial. Not every lawyer tries cases, and even fewer try cases by jury.

What is your trial success rate?
It is rare to find a successful jury trial lawyer, especially with multiple victories in an actual courtroom. If someone is advertising they have many ‘victories’ probe deeper and find out what they define as winning a court case, especially as it applies to doing actual trials in a court room.
How much will my case cost and do you accept payment plans?
You want to make sure you understand all the fees and costs upfront to your case. Discuss all the possible scenarios that could happen pertaining to your legal matters and find out what costs could be involved no matter which way they go. This gives you a more realistic outlook at what could be coming down the road so you can plan accordingly. Also, discuss with your attorney all the ways you may make payments so you understand all your options.

When do I need an attorney?
The only person that can really answer that is you. However, if you are not sure, it is recommend that you call us to discuss your legal matters so we can help you come to a more informed decision. The first consultation visit to Boehmer Law LLC is free, so contact our staff to set up your appointment.
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What do I do now?

I or someone I know has been arrested—what do I do?
If you or someone you know has been arrested, you are probably scared and confused. What should you do now? How can you make the situation better, or perhaps more importantly, how do you prevent making it worse?

Keep quiet
The only information you are required to give the police is your correct identity information. If you have been arrested, the police may try their best to get you to say something incriminating. It may seem that they are concerned for you and want to help you, but silence is your best friend at this point. They know you are afraid and they may use that fear against you. It is very important that you stay respectful and calmly state just one sentence: I want an attorney present. It is your right and they cannot prevent you from having a lawyer with you before you answer any questions. They may try to intimidate you into waiving that right, but do not give in. 

Stay calm
It may be challenging, but it is essential that you remain calm when in custody. Remember, video cameras may be present, and law enforcement officers often make notes about your behavior. Do not give them any reason to be able to use your own actions/reactions against you in a courtroom.

Bail is set—Now what?
When you are notified that your bail has been set, request to make a phone call so you may contact someone to help you. It could be a family member, a friend or your attorney. When making your call, keep in mind that the police are probably listening. Do not discuss why you are in jail. Keep your call as short as possible and only talk about the necessities to arrange for your bail.

Released after posting bail—Now what?
Once you are out of jail, do not discuss your case with anyone except your attorney. Never tell anyone you are guilty of a crime. If that individual was called as a witness, they would jeopardize themselves if they withheld information you had given them. Discuss with your attorney how much you should tell your spouse.

Make a record of everything pertaining to the alleged crime
As soon as possible, write down everything you can recall about the incident that led to your arrest. Where were you? Why were you there? Who was there with you? Were their other people there? Were you read your rights? How were you arrested? What were you told when you were arrested by the police? Did you notice anything that felt out of place? Add time lines surrounding the circumstances. Write down any and as many details that pertain to your circumstance as possible, even if it seems unimportant to you it may be important information for your attorney. It is essential to do this while the event and surrounding circumstances are fresh in your mind. On the front cover of the notebook, write clearly:

Seek legal advice as soon as possible
The sooner you interview and select a defense attorney, the better. Your lawyer can immediately begin to assess your case and check for any improprieties. Try to find an attorney who specializes in the type of charges you are facing. Follow the attorney’s directions and do not discuss your case with anyone else. Remember, you may have been arrested, but you have not been convicted. With the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, you may never be.
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