I don’t charge for a consult with you. I also don’t treat our conversations like sales pitches. Almost every consult with me goes the same way. I begin by asking if you’re speaking with me about a criminal matter? If the answer is no, I’ll try to direct you to another lawyer who handles the area you’re dealing with. I only handle one kind of law – criminal defense.
If the answer is yes, I’ll ask you to tell me your story. You won’t hear me speak very much because it’s my time to listen (I reserve my right to redirect you if you begin steering off the path). After you’ve told me the story, I’ll follow up with some questions about details that I think are important to your defense.
After listening, I’ll begin telling you about my process of defending you. I’ll begin with assessing the facts, collecting the information, and preparing the foundation for your defense. I’ll discuss the terrain of the courthouse and the process ahead of you from beginning to end. By the end of this portion of the consult, I intend to have you as informed as possible about the road ahead.
Next, I tell you about what my services include and how I would defend your case. I inform you of my fee at the conclusion (always a flat fee, never hourly). Then I ask if there are any follow up questions.
At the conclusion of our conversation, my clients are given my cell phone number and informed that you can always text or call if you have any follow up questions.