Hiring an attorney can be intimidating. You probably have a lot of questions. Here are a few frequently asked questions about our services. Contact us today for more information.
Any lawyer that promises you a specific outcome at your first meeting is only out to get your money. Every case’s outcome depends on the specific facts and evidence in that case. We will work hard to get the best possible outcome for you and will always be straightforward with you during the process.
The duration of any case depends on the facts of the case, the defense strategy, and the severity of the defense. Most misdemeanors can be finished in three to six months. Felonies usually take six to twelve months to resolve. There are always exceptions to the rule and some cases can be resolved very quickly or take longer than average.
While we cannot guarantee the outcome of a case, most cases are resolved without the accused going to jail. Our number one priority is to get you out of jail if you’re in custody and to keep you out of jail if you are out now. Preserving your freedom and protecting your rights are our top priorities.
Short answer is yes. You need someone who is in your corner fighting for you. A lawyer is necessary to make sure your rights are protected and that you understand all your options. You need a lawyer to ensure that you don’t needlessly end up with a criminal conviction on your permanent record.
Prosecutors, police officers, probation officers and even judges will sometimes answer your questions but they are not there to advocate or help you achieve justice. Only a lawyer that is committed to you can do that.
Yes. One of the motions we will file in your case is a motion for discovery. Discovery allows us to see the police reports, videos, recordings, crime lab reports, witness statements and any other evidence that has been collected in your case. We will review all of it together and begin building your defense.
There is no fee for the initial consultation. During this meeting, Ryan will review the charges and evidence to determine the complexity of your case. After hearing the details of your unique case, he will explain all the legal costs and payment options available.
Like most criminal defense lawyers, Ryan bills at a “flat fee” rather than hourly. You know the final cost from day 1, no surprises.
We understand that the need for a lawyer happens unexpectedly. In most cases, we are able to work out a payment plan to help clients manage any financial burden. For payment options, all major forms of payment are accepted (Cash, Check, Credit Card).
When you begin working with a criminal defense attorney, you may hear a lot of legal terms. Here is what they mean.
An early appearance at which the accused is expected to enter a plea of Guilty or Not Guilty to the charge. No witnesses testify, no evidence is presented, and you will not be asked any questions about the facts of the case.
Motions are essentially requests for the Court to do something. It could be a Motion for Discovery, a Motion challenging the legality of the arrest or investigation, or a Motion asking the judge to exclude (or “throw out”) incriminating evidence.
In a bench trial, the judge hears the evidence and decides if the accused is guilty or not guilty. In a jury trial, a jury of six or twelve people hear the evidence and must unanimously decide if the accused is guilty or not guilty.
In every criminal case, there are two parties: the prosecution and the defense. The prosecution is the party that is filing the criminal charges. The prosecution is represented by the District Attorney's office, whose client is the State of Georgia. The other party is the individual who has been charged with a crime. This party is called the defense and involves the representation of an individual who formally called a defendant.
If you are unsure of what to expect in court, we have your back. In fact, we go to court quite often. Here is what you can expect.
Dress like you would for a job interview. A button down shirt, or shirt with a collar is appropriate. Dressing appropriately shows that you respect the process and can make a good first impression on the judge and prosecutor.
Arrive at least 10 minutes early so I can find you and talk about any last minute details. We will usually talk to you the day before any court appearance. Our goal for clients is to feel at ease when they walk into a courtroom. Getting there a little early helps everyone get settled, seated, and relaxed.
While in the courtroom, you can expect some waiting and listening to other cases being called. Every court appearance will be different. To make sure you are well equipped, we will prepare you ahead of time for what you will be facing.
Most of the time, no. If you are going to be asked any questions, we will review everything with you ahead of time so you are completely prepared. The decision to testify during trial will be your decision. We will give you advice about whether it is a good idea for you to testify, but the final decision is 100% yours to make.
Ryan is a practicing criminal defense attorney with 18 years of experience fighting for clients throughout the State of Georgia. Since 1999, Ryan has advised, advocated for, and fought alongside hundreds of clients, helping them achieve acquittals and winning results.READ FULL BIO
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