At the Law Office of Kyle Whitaker, we know that one of the most stressful aspects of a criminal defense case is not knowing what is going to happen next. Our attorneys will take the time to answer your questions so you will have a better idea of how your case will progress. We have compiled the below list of answers to frequently asked questions:
What Is The Difference Between A Public Defender And A Private Attorney?
In theory, there is no difference. Both public defenders and private attorneys are educated and licensed to practice criminal law. However, in practice, there are a lot of important distinctions. Many criminal defense attorneys begin their careers as public defenders. They gain experience and then move into private practice. They often do this so they can spend more time with each case. Public defenders are frequently burdened with heavy case loads, and they often do not have time to interact with their clients the way a private attorney can.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire An Attorney?
Every attorney determines his or her own fee arrangements. At our law firm in Fort Worth, Texas, we pride ourselves on delivering quality work at a fair price. We will discuss our fees upfront so there will be no surprises for you, and we start every case with a free, no-obligation consultation. Call 817-332-7703 or send an email today.
Will My Case Go To Trial?
Trial is rare in criminal defense cases. More often than not, cases are resolved by plea bargaining. This entails negotiation between your attorney and the prosecutor. After a thorough investigation of your case and the evidence against you, an experienced attorney will strive to negotiate the best possible outcome, including dismissal of your case or a reduction of charges. It is important to keep in mind that, regardless of whether or not your case ultimately goes to trial, you should choose an attorney with a reputation for trial success. The ability to succeed at trial gives a lawyer leverage when negotiating with a prosecutor and may be a critical factor in the outcome of your case.
Will I Go To Jail?
Incarceration is a very real possibility, depending on the severity of the crime and other factors. However, an experienced attorney will fight the charges and take steps to keep you out of jail. One of the biggest benefits of hiring an attorney who is experienced and devoted to criminal law is that the attorney is more likely to be aware of things like diversion programs that are often available to keep first-time offenders out of jail.