Frequently Asked Questions
What is going to happen? Can you get my case dropped?
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. I will work hard to get the best possible outcome for you and will always be straightforward with you during the process.
How long will this case take?
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.
Am I going to jail?
Most cases are resolved without the accused going to jail. My number one priority as your lawyer 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 my top priorities.
Do I need a lawyer?
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!
Will I get to see the evidence?
Yes! One of the motions I file in every 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.
How much will this cost?
Learn about pricing here.
If I have a question, can I call you?
Yes! I am here for you. You can call, text or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Used Terms
What is an Arraignment?
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.
Are you going to file any Motions? (And what are Motions?)
Yes. In almost every case I will be filing motions for clients. 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.
What is the difference between a Bench Trial and a Jury Trial?
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.
What should I wear to court?
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.
What time should I get there?
Arrive at least 10 minutes early so I can find you and talk about any last minute details. I will usually talk to you the day before any court appearance. My 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.
What should I expect in the courtroom?
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, I will prepare you ahead of time for what you will be facing.
Am I going to have to talk in court?
Most of the time, no. If you are going to be asked any questions, I will review everything with you ahead of time so you are completely prepared. The decision to testify during trial will be your decision. I will give you advice about whether it is a good idea for you to testify, but the final decision is 100% yours to make.
Why is it important to act fast?
The earlier your lawyer can begin working on your case, the better your outcome will be. In many cases this can mean charges not being filed in the first place. In other cases it can mean diverting a case out of the normal court process and into an alternative process that results in a dismissal. You need your lawyer to speak to witnesses while events are fresh in their memory and gather evidence before it is destroyed or lost. Time is of the essence any time criminal accusations are made.
Here is a story of a client who acted fast and quickly regained control of his life:
Sexual Battery Charge
A decorated military veteran and physical therapist was accused by a patient of touching her in a sexually inappropriate manner. Detectives were on their way to conduct an interview when the accused acted quickly and called Ryan. Ryan immediately intervened, contacted law enforcement and shut down any police interviews until he could assess the situation. An aggressive defense investigation proved the accused was a respected and admired Physical Therapist and innocent of any wrongdoing. No charges were brought and the investigation was closed.