Frequently Asked Questions
Get Insight from a Little Elm Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have questions about what to do if you're facing the criminal justice system, you are in the right place. Little Elm criminal defense lawyer Scott Edgett is here to help you understand more about criminal law, and how to proceed with a case in a way that will protect your best interests. If you need more questions answered, please feel free to call (214) 305-8411 today!
What To Do If Stopped For DWI?
- Remain calm and be polite.
- Record the interaction with your phone.
- Roll down window partially with license ready.
- Politely refuse to answer any questions. ("I have been advised by my Attorney to not answer any questions").
- Exit the car upon request.
- Politely refuse all field sobriety tests. ("I have been advised by my Attorney to not perform any field sobriety tests").
- Politely refuse to provide any breath or blood sample.
- Do not talk any further.
- Do not resist arrest.
- Call the Law Offices of Scott Edgett immediately!
How Do I Choose the Right Criminal Defense Attorney?
Choosing an attorney to represent you is a major decision that should not be made lightly or just based on some flashy advertising. Here are questions you need answered before you decide:
1. Does the Attorney primarily practice Criminal Defense?
Criminal defense is an intricate and highly scientific area of law to practice. Criminal case law changes on a daily basis and it is important that you hire an attorney that primarily defends criminal cases and not handle every single other type of law. Remember, just handling a few criminal cases now and again may not be enough to get you the best outcome in your case. The Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex District Attorneys know who practices criminal defense regularly and who does not.
2. Can these criminal charges be dismissed?
Always beware of any attorney who doesn't answer this question honestly and promises you that your case will be dismissed. It is unethical for any attorney to promise or guarantee results. Not to mention, there is no way an attorney can definitively know this answer in advance without actually reviewing all of the evidence the District Attorney has against you. An attorney should give you a sense of the best and worst case scenarios and be able to outline some strategy for defending your case, but they cannot tell you for certain what the outcome will be.
3. When I hire an Attorney, will I be able to get in touch with my Attorney at any time I need them?
There are Criminal Defense Attorneys that you can leave voicemail after voicemail and never actually speak to the attorney. It is important that you hire an attorney that provides you with their personal cell phone number and email address so that all of your questions can be immediately answered by your attorney personally and not just someone from the office. Some firms are too large such that your attorney handles hundreds of clients or it can be too small that the attorney is everything from the receptionist and secretary and doesn't have time to call clients back as soon as possible.
4. Does the Attorney actually take cases to trial?
Some attorneys who handle criminal cases will charge really low fees but have no intention of fighting your case. They may not look into whether you have defenses in your case and they just plea bargain your case out from the beginning. These attorneys may believe that criminal cases cannot be won at trial. This is because more than 75% of the criminal defense attorneys has never even taken a criminal case to trial. District Attorneys do keep track of the attorneys who actually take cases to trial and also which attorneys just plea bargain cases out with the initial offer. Make sure that you are hiring someone who is willing to fight for you.
5. Are there any hidden Attorneys fees?
Attorneys who handle criminal defense have many different methods of billing clients. Some charge by the hour, some charge per court appearance, and others work on a ladder basis where the price increases as more work is done or court appearances are made. In our office, we charge flat fees that are very up front and straightforward and easy to understand. We have two flat fees. The first flat fee is to handle your entire case up to trial. The second flat fee is for a trial if you wish to proceed that way. The reason we do not charge for a trial up front is because less than 10% of cases actually go to a trial. Whether your pending case takes one court appearance or twenty, you know you do not owe any additional attorney's fees.
Get a Little Elm criminal defense lawyer on your side by contacting the firm today!