Frequently Asked Questions for our Lawyers
Below are some of the most common questions we get asked as lawyers. If you have a question and don’t see the answer here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us online or give us a call at 910-763-1100.
What does a lawyer do?
Simply put, a lawyer provides legal advice and counsel for individuals or entities who have legal issues or disputes. Aside from consulting on legal matters, lawyers must also conduct extensive research, write legal briefs, present oral arguments, gather witnesses and documents that may be relevant to a case, and negotiate legal outcomes on behalf of their clients. Lawyers are highly knowledgeable and skilled in the practice of law and have to attend years of schooling and pass multiple exams before they can begin practicing law.
Why should I hire a lawyer?
Whether you’ve been involved in a fender bender, need help with a small claims lawsuit, or are facing criminal charges, a lawyer can be an invaluable tool for seeking a resolution to your legal problems. Your lawyer’s job is to protect you and your rights at all costs, and they will use their vast experience to provide you with the best advice they can and ensure your legal matter proceeds in the most efficient manner possible. Without a lawyer, you are depriving yourself of access to valuable legal resources, which could ultimately have an effect on the outcome of your case.
What is the difference between lawyer and attorney?
Nowadays, these two terms are used interchangeably to mean the same thing, that being someone who practices law.
How much does a lawyer cost?
Our attorney’s fees tend to vary on a case by case basis, depending on the complexity of the situation. We offer free consultations for all criminal, traffic, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and social security disability matters where we can discuss the details of your costs and potential costs.
Is there a consultation fee for family matters?
Yes. We charge a consultation fee for all family law cases. Consultations are by appointment only. Please contact our office for further information and to schedule a consultation.
What payment options do you accept?
We accept payments over the phone or in person using Visa, Master Card, or Discover. We also accept cash, money orders, or certified bank checks. We do not accept personal checks.
What types of cases do you handle?
Our attorneys are skilled in practicing personal injury law, criminal defense law, DWI law, traffic law, family law, and workers compensation law.
Which North Carolina counties do you practice in?
We can assist with personal injury and workers’ compensation matters throughout the state of North Carolina. For all other matters, we practice in the following counties: New Hanover, Brunswick, Onslow, Pender, and Columbus.
How will I be informed about my case’s progress?
We know that communication and transparency are key to establishing a healthy relationship with our clients. After our consultation, we will let you know what information we need to proceed with your case. Generally, after that, we will be able to handle things behind the scenes. If we have any important updates or need to let you know when to appear in court, we will contact you. Additionally, if you have questions about your case, you can feel free to call our office at 910-763-1100.
When do police have to read me my Miranda rights?
Law enforcement officers are required to read you your Miranda rights any time they are preventing you from leaving the scene of the crime (detaining you), arresting you, or taking you in for questioning.
I wasn’t read my Miranda rights. What happens now?
Failure to read you your Miranda rights in applicable situations is a direct violation of the law and your rights. If you weren’t read your rights and you chose to answer the police’s questions, your lawyer may be able to help get this evidence dismissed. Even so, you can still be found guilty of a crime even if you weren’t read your rights. If you haven’t been read your rights and the police are questioning you, it’s best to remain silent until you can speak to your lawyer.
Do I have to answer the police’s questions?
Under the Constitution of the United States of America, you do not have to answer any questions or sign any documents that police present you with. If you do so before consulting with a lawyer, you could make a statement that could be used against you in court or used as an admission of guilt. It is best to invoke your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent until you can speak to an attorney.
Should I tell my lawyer the truth?
Yes. Your attorney is on your side and is there to protect you. In order for a lawyer to do their job effectively, they need to know every detail of your case.
What’s the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
Generally speaking, a felony is a more severe crime that is often punishable by large fines and at least one year in prison, if not more. A misdemeanor is a less severe crime that is often punishable by smaller fines, less than a year in prison, and/or some type of community service.
What happens if I am falsely accused?
Even if you believe you have been falsely accused, it is critically important for you to get in touch with a lawyer ASAP. They will be able to look at the details of your case and attempt to argue that there are no legal grounds for your charges.
How long do criminal cases take?
How long a criminal case takes from beginning to end is highly dependent on the charges and the details of the case. Some can take as little as a few weeks whereas others can last for up to a year and sometimes more.
Do I have to go to court?
This also depends on the circumstances of your case. In many cases, from personal injury to criminal trials, you will not have to go to trial. It all depends on the abilities of each party’s lawyer to attempt to work things out outside of court.
Do I still have to go to court if I was released on bail?
Yes. Typically, after being released on bail you will be given a hearing date where you are required to appear in court unless otherwise notified.
Remember, we are more than happy to answer your questions. All you have to do is give us a call to schedule your free consultation at 910-763-1100.