Being charged with a crime, receiving court documents in the mail, getting injured in an accident or becoming injured due to another’s actions is a life altering experience.  Sometimes, it is not apparent if a situation requires legal advice.

It does not matter how the situation came to your attention, seeking an attorney to analyze your personal situation is always a good decision. The Rudolph Law Firm offers free initial consultations to help you determine whether legal representation is necessary by analyzing the facts specific to your situation in light of the applicable laws.

In our experience, certain questions continually are asked during initial consultations.  Below are certain questions we feel can be answers in a general manner.  These answers are not fact specific and are not intended to create an attorney client privilege.  In order to have more specific information, please call our office at 267-282-1033 or fill out the contact form on this website to schedule an appointment or discuss your case. Appointments are available days, nights and weekends. Our initial consultation is free and we will discuss the specific facts concerning your matter and devise the most appropriate plan for resolution. We are available whenever you need us.

What is the purpose of meeting with an attorney?

The primary purpose of consulting with an experienced lawyer is to gain insight into the legal matter that is or may be present. Some situations that a person should consult an attorney include:
–   If you feel your employer unlawfully fired you, you might want to get your job back.
–   If you suffered an injury from a defective product, you might wish to recover money damages.
–   If another person or business is conducting an activity where may want to seek an injunction against someone. This is a court order placing a temporary stoppage on the activity.
–   After receiving medical attention, you have become increasingly ill or injured.
–   You received a summons in the mail regarding alleged criminal activity.
–   You were actually placed in custody by a law enforcement agency.
–   You were injured in a motor vehicle accident, workplace accident, slip and fall due to the action or inaction of another person or business.

Why should I contact an attorney?

Situations involving the law are life altering and decisions made throughout the process can have lasting effects. Contacting an experienced lawyer for important undertakings such as criminal defense, vehicle accident injuries, personal injuries, negotiating business deals, medical malpractice and family relations can result in a greater sense of confidence.

When should I contact an attorney?

When faced with a legal matter consulting with an attorney should be an immediate action. Speaking to an experienced attorney can result in being advised of limitations on the timing of lawsuits, known as “statutes of limitations,” the legal standard for pursing a civil action, defenses available and being released from custody while awaiting trial. Additionally, if you are involved in a vehicle accident it may be necessary to notify other parties involved soon after the event.

How much does it cost to retain an attorney?

It depends on the type of matter. At The Rudolph Law Firm, we offer contingency, non-refundable fees and hourly retainer agreements. We also allow clients to pay by cash, check, money orders or by credit card.
Contingency agreements are made typically in personal injury cases and medical malpractice cases.
Non-refundable fee agreements are typically made for criminal defense cases. These agreements are due upon signing of the retainer agreement, unless the client and firm have agreed to a payment plan.
Hourly retainer agreements are typically made for insurance defense clients, contract clients and business clients. This agreement requires an initial retainer (deposit) which must be a check. This is deposited into a trust account and will be deducted only upon services rendered and invoiced. Once the initial retainer has been used for payment, all forms of payment will be accepted.

What are personal injuries?

Personal injuries are physical, mental or a combination of both resulting from trauma. Examples of trauma include, but are not limited to vehicle accidents, physical altercations, food poisoning, workplaces accident or slip and falls.

What is a breach of contract?

breach of contract occurs when a party to the contract fails to perform its specified duty under the contract. It can be a violation of any of the terms or conditions of the contract, as long as there is no legal excuse for the violation. Following a breach, the non-breaching party can usually seek some sort of legal or equitable remedy.

What are my rights if arrested?

There are several constitutional and statutory rights afforded to people placed under arrest. The following is not all of your rights under the Constitution. First, you have the right to remain silent. This right becomes attached once you are detained by law enforcement and they are asking you questions about a crime. Second, you have the right to have an attorney represent you at all critical stages. A critical stage occurs when a decision is made regarding your ability to be free of detention. Third, you have the right to have a reasonable bond (bail) set. The exception to this right is in capital cases. Fourth, you have the right to know and see all of the evidence the prosecution intends to use against you, i.e. police reports, witness statements, video tapes, scientific evidence, reports of experts, etc. Finally, you have the right to a jury trial when the crime you are charged with may result in confinement (jail).

Are moving violations a crime?

Traffic violations can be felonies, misdemeanors, summary offenses or infractions. Felonies, misdemeanors and summary offenses are crimes, but infractions are usually not thought to be part of the criminal justice system. Driving over the speed limit is usually classified as an infraction in many States, and is not considered a crime. However, moving violations usually contain fines and associated points. Points are what the state uses to determine what type of driver is licensed. The more points a person has on their license can lead to suspension of driving privileges, the necessity for taking additional driving classes and a raise in insurance premiums. Therefore, it is important to view moving violations, regardless of how it is legally classified as a crime with lasting repercussions.

What do I do if I am falsely accused of a crime?

Believing that you were “falsely accused” of a crime does not automatically mean the charges will be withdrawn. It is important to discuss the matter with an experienced criminal attorney to plan a strategy to defend the charges. If the prosecution does not withdraw the charges, it will be up to you to defend the charges in front of a judge and jury of your peers. There are many people in jail found guilty of crimes that they did not commit. If you are accused of a crime you did not commit, you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Call our office at 267-282-1033 or fill out our contact form for a free initial consultation.

Will I have a permanent criminal record?

This depends on whether you were convicted of a specific crime. A person, who was “accused” of a crime and was not convicted, will not have a criminal record. A person, who was convicted of a crime may or may not have a permanent criminal record. There are options available to people convicted or have reached an agreement with the prosecution of a crime. These options include having your record “expunged” (erased) or being placed into an Accelerated Rehabilitation Program (ARD). When faced with charges, an experienced criminal attorney will explain all scenarios and the potential application to your matter. To find out more call our office at 267-282-1033 or fill out our contact form for a free initial consultation.