Questions to ask your potential lawyer

Questions To Ask Your Potential Lawyer

Questions To Ask Your Potential Lawyer 1920 1080 Leppard Law - Top Rated Orlando DUI Lawyers & DUI Attorneys in Orlando

Deciding on a lawyer can be an extremely difficult and oftentimes daunting task. How do you know what to ask, and who will best fit your legal needs? Before you decide on a lawyer to handle your case, you want to have a list of questions to discuss during your free or low-cost consultation.

Below are nine questions to ask your potential attorney before making your choice.

1. What is your education, work experience and practice areas?

2. How long have you practiced law in the State of Florida?

3. Have you won any awards or other industry recognition?

4. Have you ever been sanctioned for, or accused of, attorney misconduct?5. Can you provide me with reviews and references from former clients and other attorneys familiar with your work?

6. What is your plan for my case?7. How long do you estimate this case will take?

8. What is my role and responsibilities?

9. What are the fees and expenses?

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Joel Leppard, winner of Avvo Client Choice Award

Congratulations to Joel Leppard for being named Avvo Client’s Choice Award Winner for 2016, the second year in a row

Congratulations to Joel Leppard for being named Avvo Client’s Choice Award Winner for 2016, the second year in a row 1920 1080 Leppard Law - Top Rated Orlando DUI Lawyers & DUI Attorneys in Orlando

Orlando attorney Joel Leppard received this prestigious accolade based on the number, quality and breadth of client testimonials associated with his profile. This prestigious award is presented to attorneys who receive the highest ratings from their clients on Avvo.com, the world’s largest online attorney rating and review service. The Avvo reviews praise Joel for his confidence, his knowledge of the law, his attentiveness, his quick response time, and his dedication to his clients. The reviews also mention that he gets results, even when other attorneys are willing to give up. Here is a recent example.

Avvo has also given Joel a rating of “Superb” based on client reviews, over 25 attorney endorsements and his professional record.

Joel takes pride in treating every client’s legal problems as if they were his own. He has all five star reviews on Facebook, Google + and Yelp.  With a “Superb” Avvo rating and a passion for helping those with legal problems, Joel is grateful and honored to serve so many worthy and incredible clients. He looks forward to continuing to do so for the remainder of 2016!

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Frequently Asked Questions After an Arrest

Frequently Asked Questions After an Arrest

Frequently Asked Questions After an Arrest 1920 1080 Leppard Law - Top Rated Orlando DUI Lawyers & DUI Attorneys in Orlando

1. What rights do I have?

Whether you are an adult citizen or non-citizen, you have certain constitutional rights after you are arrested. Before the law enforcement officer questions you after an arrest, he or she should tell you that:

  • You have the right to remain silent.
  • Anything you say may be used against you.
  • You have a right to have a lawyer present while you are questioned.
  • If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you.

These are your Miranda rights, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. If you are not given these warnings, your lawyer can ask that any statements you made to the police not be used against you in court.

You also have a right to know the crime or crimes with which you have been charged and the identity of the police officers who are dealing with you.  Not every officer is forthcoming about this information, even though is your right by statute. You also have the right to communicate by telephone with your attorney, family, friends, or bondsperson as soon after you are brought into the police station as practicable. The police are allowed to complete their booking procedures before letting you use the telephone.

At this point, you should probably consider whether to use a local lawyer, especially if you were injured as part of the arrest and you feel as if the injury was unwarranted.

2. If my Miranda Rights weren’t read, does this mean my charges will be dropped?

This is one of the most common questions I receive in my law practice.  Many people think that simply because the police failed to read them their rights, that the case is going to be automatically be thrown out. This is not true. Typically, the only thing that would happen if the rights were not read is that anything that said in response to police questioning after an arrest could not be used against you in your case.

Very frequently, officers have gathered all the information that they need PRIOR to the arrest and will not question suspects after their arrest and, thus, Miranda never needs to be read.    When the police have questioned you without reading your rights and, for example, you made a statement, that statement would not be able to be used in the case against you.  In most situations, it is best to not answer questions without having an attorney present.  If you ask to speak with an attorney, an officer must immediately cease questioning you.

Another common situation is where a suspect voluntarily provides information to the police that is not in response to a question.  In this situation, Miranda would typically not apply.  Miranda is a complicated area of the law with lots of rules and exceptions.  It’s best to consult with an experienced defense attorney to determine if your Miranda rights were violated in your situation.

3. What happens at an Initial Appearance?

Within 48 hours of your arrest, a judge will hold a preliminary hearing to decide whether there is “probable cause for your arrest” or enough evidence to support the charge against you. If the judge finds that there is “probable cause” for the charges — enough evidence that a reasonable person could be convinced that you committed the crime – then the judge will set the terms of your release.  The terms of release normally include a monetary bond set by the judge at the initial appearance and can also include other restrictions like checking in with a Pre-Trial Release Officer, not using or possessing weapons or not having any contact with the alleged victims of the case.

4. What is bail and how is it set?

The amount of bail bond – money or other security deposited with the court to insure that you will appear.  When setting the terms of your release, the judge will consider the seriousness of the offense with which you are charged, any prior failures to appear in court (even for traffic tickets), any previous criminal record, your ties and connections to the community, as well as the probability that you’ll appear in court.  Florida law provides that for most cases bond should be set in at reasonable amount that is attainable by the defendant. In reality, oftentimes a judge may set bond at an amount too high for a defendant to afford.  A criminal defense attorney can file a motion with the court asking the judge to reduce the bond and/or modify the conditions of release (such as not having any contact with the victim).