FAQ

FAQ FOR CRIMINAL CASES

You should start writing down any questions you have about the legal process. For instance, what happens at arraignment? Do I get to see all the information the State has against me? Will I have a criminal record? Write down any notes you think are important to your case. If there are witnesses who might be able to testify later, write down their names and contact information. This will help you feel you are getting useful information during our first meeting.
Yes. While I can appear on your go on your behalf at certain preliminary court hearings, you will need to attend other hearings. You’ll need to plan ahead to make sure you can take the time off from work when you need to go to court. This is not easy. But I will help you avoid unnecessary court appearances wherever possible.
The police can search your property (e.g. your home, car, computer or cell phone) but they have to follow certain rules so that your Constitutional rights aren’t violated. While you do not have to consent to a search (Officer asks “Can I search your stuff?”), you do have to comply with police orders (Officer says “Give me your cell phone” or “open your mouth”). Once you hire me, I can make certain legal challenges to the search. For instance, the police may have a search warrant but the basis for the warrant might be inadequate. A motion to suppress can challenge the legality of the search and if successful, can prevent the State from using evidence the police seized during the improper search.
The police can ask you incriminating questions about your charges but you do NOT have to answer those questions. You have the right to remain silent during police questioning and in fact

you should. If you have already given an incriminating statement to the police, the statement may be excluded from your trial if it was improperly obtained.

If you don’t want to speak to the officer questioning you, tell them you don’t want to talk without your lawyer. The officer must immediately stop questioning you without a lawyer present.

The police can seize property such as your cell phone or cash. If the police have seized your property in a search, you may be able to have those items returned although drugs will not be returned unless they were medically prescribed. Asset Recovery is a complicated legal matter best tackled by a qualified lawyer.

FAQ FOR ACCIDENT CASES

Call for medical attention immediately if someone is hurt. You will also want to call police so they can document the accident; otherwise, it’s your word against the other driver’s. Get contact information from the other party involved and any independent witnesses to the accident. Include names, addresses and phone numbers. Take as many pictures of the accident as you can, including damages to the vehicles and surrounding areas of the accident. You should also collect any and all material evidence that could have caused the accident. Write down notes about what happened during the accident so that you don’t forget important details that could help your case later. For instance, write down the time and date of the accident, the type of weather, any important landmarks or obstructions at the scene. You will need to report the accident to your insurance company as soon as you can.

It is important that you find an attorney quickly. Ramsey Law is always available to take your call.