Experienced Counsel To Answer Your Frequently Asked Legal Questions
There are few situations as stressful as being arrested, indicted or facing accusations that you committed a crime. Nearly every aspect of your life will be affected, and you will need professional legal advice to answer your questions. At The Goldberg Law Firm, we firmly believe that the right lawyer can make all the difference in your case. Clients across Cleveland, and throughout northeast Ohio, trust our attorneys’ aggressive defensive strategies and extensive trial preparation to protect them when faced with legal action.
Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience addressing legal concerns for clients. Some of the most frequent questions we receive during our free initial consultations with our clients include:
Q: What is the difference between state and federal court?
A: There is a significant difference between cases brought in state and federal courts. Typically, state courts will handle a majority of the cases focused on violations of state law. Examples include traffic violations, assaults, rape, robberies and murder. Federal courts handle cases involving alleged federal law violations, including larger drug trafficking matters and crimes involving bank systems, interstate communications, computer crime, taxation, child pornography, terrorism and serious firearms violations. Many crimes can be prosecuted by either state or federal court. This can be confusing and dangerous for attorneys not highly experienced in both venues.
Q: Do I need to secure legal counsel if arrested for a misdemeanor or a DUI?
A: Absolutely. Even an arrest for a misdemeanor charge or driving under the influence (DUI) can carry harsh fines and imprisonment if you are convicted. Additionally, a professional lawyer can help you fight to keep your driver’s license if arrested for a DUI. A DUI charge can be defended.
Q: What should I do if a police officer stops me for questioning?
A: First and foremost, you must remain calm and respectful. Secondly, you need to know your rights as a citizen when stopped by a police officer. It is your right to remain silent and to contact our attorneys immediately. Be courteous and cooperative but do not discuss any alleged criminal act or answer any questions. We are available in emergency situations 24/7 to protect the rights of our clients.
Q: What is the cost for an initial consultation with a lawyer at your firm?
A: Our attorneys believe in aggressively defending your constitutional rights. We offer a free initial telephone consultation with all clients. Our team does not pad our legal fees or surprise clients with hidden charges. We understand how much is at stake for you and your family, and we are here to fight for your freedom.
Q: What should I do if friends, co-workers or employers ask for details about my case?
A: During your case, it is essential that you do not discuss details with anyone other than your attorney. Our office will represent your interests and advise you throughout the legal process.
Q: What should I expect to pay if I retain your office?
A: Our fees are based on many factors including the complexity of the matter, the court venue, the seriousness of the charges and thus the time needed to address them. Each client’s fee statement is determined on an individual basis. Our fees are fair but do take into account our very significant trial experience of over 30 years for Michael J. Goldberg alone. We will work with you to the best of our ability.
Q: Is it possible to make payment arrangements?
A: Our office will accept most credit cards, cash and certified checks. Personal checks are generally not accepted. In some cases, we will establish payment plans to allow you to pay our office over time.
Q: Can I get bail set before my case goes to court?
A: In many instances, yes. In felony matters, bail can be set prior to going to court. If you have a warrant for a misdemeanor or felony matter, jurisdictions vary to how quickly bail can be set, but a personal appearance is typically required before bail will be set on a warrant. Unlike state court, many federal crimes carry the possibility of no bail. You should discuss the specific charges and circumstances with an experienced lawyer as this is a complex and court specific area of law.
Protect Your Future — Call Or Email Our Team For A Free Initial Consultation
If accused of a crime or faced with legal action, call our team of dedicated professionals right now. We are standing by 24/7 to fight for your rights and protect your future. Reach us at 216-592-8719 and set up an appointment for your free initial consultation. Let us examine the details of your case and provide the honest legal counsel you need to help you make informed decisions. Please also feel free to send us an email.