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Frequently Asked Questions

How much will my lawyer cost?

I will know how much your case will cost after I have a conversation with you, discussing the facts and circumstances unique to your case. I strive to keep my costs competitive and reasonable

TRIAL FEES – Sometimes lawyers charge a flat fee that includes a trial fee. My Trial fees will not be collected unless your case is scheduled for trial. This keeps your costs down.

Will this charge stay on my record forever?

Arrest information and charge information stay in the public record system until they are sealed by the court. Sealing or Expungment cannot take place until your case is concluded, and people cannot get a charge sealed if they have been convicted of a crime in the past. Many cases can be sealed or expunged. DUI’s may not be sealed, however, unless there is a withhold of adjudication (a non-conviction) after trial, plea negotiation or dismissal. I counsel you on whether your case is sealable, and defend your case with the goal of sealing/expungment in mind.
The sealing/expungment process is taking longer recently. With the downturn in the economy, many people are seeking sealing/expungment. Starting this process immediately upon eligibility will ensure your record is sealed as quickly as possible.

How long will it take before my case is resolved?

This depends on your charge and the strategy we decide to take in your case. My goal is to have your case resolved within 3-6 months. If your case is referred to a diversion program where your case will ultimately be dismissed, your case could last as long as one year. If your case ends in probation, you will usually have to complete at least one half of the probationary period before you can be successfully terminated from probation. This typically occurs at the 6, 9 or 12 month point, depending on the severity of your charge. Sometimes early termination is not offered.

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