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
Get a Little Elm criminal defense lawyer on your side by contacting the firm