Q: What can I expect to get from Barron Law Office if I hire you?
A: You can expect honest, straightforward advice with a willingness to aggressively defend and represent you. You can expect someone who will listen to your specific situation and try to help build a plan that addresses your specific needs and concerns. Someone who will interview those with relevant information, negotiate a settlement if a fair agreement can be made, take your case to trial if a fair resolution cannot be reached, keep you informed about what is going on in your case and promptly return your phone calls and answer your questions. You can expect an honest evaluation of your situation, your chances of success, the estimated time your case could take, the estimated financial cost for each of your options, and a recommendation about whether you should accept a particular offer that has been made by the other side. You can expect to be treated professionally and have your information kept confidential.
Q: What does Barron Law Office expect from me?
A: That you be honest about all the facts of your case, whether or not they are favorable to you, that you be on time for appointments, meetings, and appear at all required court hearings or trials, that you understand no attorney can guarantee you a specific result, that you keep me informed of your current address and telephone number at all times, that you keep me informed of all important or relevant facts that occur after the representation has begun, and that you return phone calls in a timely manner.
Q: Do you have a retainer agreement?
A: Yes, each client is provided a client retainer agreement which sets out the expectations of both the client and Barron Law Office once a client has decided to be represented by Barron Law Office. Both parties sign the retainer agreement.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Cash, check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are all forms of acceptable payment.
Q: If I pay by credit card do you charge me more?
Q: How do we meet to discuss my case?
A: I do provide an initial free phone consultation. I am in each of the County courthouses quite often. I am willing to try and schedule meetings with you that coordinate around times I will already be at the courthouse which is nearest to you. You may also meet me at my office.
Q: What kinds of criminal cases do you have experience working on?
A: I have worked on various criminal cases which include the following types of cases:
- Drug possession,
- Drug sales,
- Drug sales in a school zone, public park, or public housing zone,
- Drugs – cause or permit a child or vulnerable adult to ingest, inhale, or be exposed to meth,
- Disorderly conduct,
- City junk ordinances,
- Driving after suspension,
- Driving after revocation,
- Fugitive from justice,
- Terroristic threats,
- Financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult,
- Domestic assault,
- Theft – authorize corporation to make a distribution,
- Underage drink and driving,
- Wrongfully obtaining assistance,
- Issuance of a dishonored check,
- Negligent fires,
- Domestic assault – strangulation,
- Driving after cancellation IPS,
- Violation of an order for protection,
- Assault with a dangerous weapon,
- Financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult – breach of obligation failure to provide care,
- Assault of a peace officer,
- Theft of a motor vehicle,
- Criminal sexual conduct,
- Financial transaction card fraud,
- Careless driving,
- Carry/possess a pistol without a permit,
- Driving without a valid license for vehicle class or type,
- Indecent exposure, lewdness or procure another to expose in the presence of a minor under 16,
- Obstructing legal process,
- Obstruction of legal process- interfear with a police officer,
- Reckless driving,
- Criminal damage to property,
- Underage consumption,
- Theft by swindle,
- Check forgery,
- Fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle,
- Liquor possession by a person under 21,
- DWI – refuse to submit to testing,
- Sale/possession or use of fireworks,
- Tamper with a motor vehicle,
- Convicted felon in possession of a firearm,
- Careless driving,
- Contempt of court – willful disobedience of a court order,
- Receiving stolen property,
- Theft of services,
- False imprisonment,
- DWI of a commercial motor vehicle,
- Driving without proof of insurance,
- Interference with a 911 call,
- Give false name to a police officer,
- Wrongfully obtaining assistance,
- Open bottle,
- Collision with an unoccupied motor vehicle – failure to notify owner or police,
- violation of a no contact order,
- Possession of synthetic cannabinoid,
- Theft by swindle,
- Falsely reporting a crime,
Q: How long will it take to resolve my case?
A: There is no one good answer other than it depends. Each case has its own set of individual circumstances and client objectives. Most cases will take at least a couple months to get resolved while some cases can take over a year and others may be able to be resolved in a matter of weeks. To get a better idea of how long your case could take, call Barron Law Office for a free initial consultation.
Q: What is the free initial consultation?
A: The free initial consultation consists of an initial conversation to explain your case, your objectives, your options and provide you the information you need to determine if Barron Law Office is the right fit for you.
Q: What if I am not sure I want to hire an attorney?
A: That is fine. The only way to be certain is to talk with an attorney. Barron Law Office offers a free legal consultation. You are not out anything by simply calling and trying to get straightforward answers. In fact, many law firms will provide a free legal consultation and it would not hurt you to speak to a couple different attorneys to get a better idea if you think you can handle it by yourself or whether hiring an attorney would be beneficial to your case.
Q: How long does it take you to return phone calls?
A: It really depends on my current court calendar. Even while in Court I check my voice messages as time allows and I try to return all phone calls by the next business day. I also encourage clients to email me as I am often able to check and respond to emails more quickly in-between court hearings than voice messages.
Q: Are you a trial attorney?
A: Yes I am a trial attorney.
Q: What decisions belong to the attorney and what decisions belong to the client?
A: The client, in consultation with his or her attorney makes the most fundamental decisions regarding the case. For example, in a criminal case the client decides whether to plead guilty or to have a trial, whether to waive a jury trial and whether to testify in a trial. In a family law case the client decides whether to take the case to trial or whether to accept an offer for settlement. The attorney decides strategic or tactical issues, often in consultation with the client. Examples of these decisions include which pretrial motions to file, which witness to call in a proceeding, and whether to object to questions or exhibits presented by the other side.
Q: Is my case likely to go to trial or be settled before trial?
A: That depends on what you want to do. You ultimately decide whether to proceed to trial or to accept a settlement offer. I have an obligation to convey all settlement offers to you and to explain their possible advantages and disadvantages but the ultimate decision is up to you.
Q: What are an attorney’s main duties?
A: An attorneys main duties are to protect a client’s rights, advocate for their client and uphold the law.