Frequently Asked Questions

Do you charge anything just to meet and discuss my case?

No.  Your initial consultation with me is absolutely free.  We will use the initial meeting to discuss your issue and determine how I can help you.

I didn't plan on needing a lawyer, and I'm not sure how I will pay.  Can you still help me?

We may be able to come up with a payment plan that fits in with your budget.  Contact the office to schedule a vist or learn more about fees and billing.

The police gave me a citation for a minor crime, and I have to appear in city court.  That's not really a big deal, right?

You might be surprised.  Just as an example, if you're convicted of simple possession of marijuana or even underage possession of alcohol, you'll automatically lose your driver's license, along with other unexpected consequences.  I practice criminal defense at all levels of state court in South Carolina.

I think the judge made a mistake at my original trial/hearing, and I should have won.  Is there anything you can do to help?

Often, there are possible avenues for appealing the result of your case, whether you were in criminal court, civil court, or an administrative agency.  Contact me, and we'll discuss your case and any possible issues to appeal.

I have an important legal matter that needs to be taken care of, but I don't see a specific listing for it on your site.  Should I still contact you?

Yes.  Even if your specific issue doesn't fall into one of my primary practice areas, I still may be able to help.  Contact me to set up a meeting.

How much will it cost me to hire you?

The truth is -- dealing with a legal issue isn't cheap.  While I can handle many matters on a fixed, flat-fee basis, it is impossible to know exactly how much your issue will cost until we have met and discussed all the details.  After we discuss your situation and decide on the best course of action, we'll work together to come up with a fee agreement that works for you.  I probably don't have the cheapest rates out there, but you often get what you pay for, and a legal case is not the best time to skimp on quality.

How will I know what's going on in my case?  Will you be too busy to talk to me if I call?  I heard that lawyers never return phone calls unless they're looking for money.

One of the most common complaints by clients against their lawyers is that the lawyers take forever to return their clients' calls, if at all.  This is an unprofessional way to practice law.  I understand that your case is extremely important to you and is probably causing you a lot of stress.  That's why your calls or emails will usually be returned within 1 business day.  If you have an email address, you can even choose to receive a copy of every document relating to your case that crosses my desk.  You won't have to wonder what's going on.  Even if nothing new has happened with your case, you'll know.  You won't be rushed off the phone, and you won't have to deal with a series of confusing voicemail operators.

I'm involved in a lawsuit, and I'm really not sure what I should do.  Do I need to talk to a lawyer?

Court deadlines are extremely important, and you should consult with a lawyer immediately.  If you miss a deadline, you may severely hurt your case.  Even if you have just been confronted with your legal issue, it's always best for your lawyer to have as much time as possible to prepare to help you.

If you have questions about a legal issue you need resolved, the best thing you can do is to contact an attorney and schedule an in-person meeting to discuss your options.