In the fight of your life?

Five years ago I started this blog with a post about hiring a lawyer. What should you ask before you pay? Over the years, this post has stood the test of time. Read it and you will be a better informed consumer!

Forget those crazy lawyer TV advertisements, websites that promise you a win, and "former prosecutor can get you better results" come-ons.

Read this post I wrote in 2009 and then find your fighter!

 


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 The news tonight declares that Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel has won a new trial because his criminal defense lawyer did not do enough to provide an effective defense. Robert F. Kennedy was his uncle. Mr. Skakel was convicted of the murder of Martha Moxley in 1975. She was beaten to death with a golf club after she and friends attended


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Just how do you address the court? What does your language tell the judge in that Ada County or Federal Court appearance? Whether you are a lawyer or a defendant, an expert witness or a plaintiff, the way you speak and the things you say can make a difference. Check out this video, it’s hilarious, but sadly true. We seldom speak with the authority or conviction we need to convey in court.


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Have you noticed how many attorney websites are all about the lawyer and pay no attention to the information that people charged with criminal matters are looking for? Most lawyer websites scream: "Hire me! Do it now! You might go to prison if you don’t act within the next hour! Call me now!"

I hate those websites! Instead of providing information, the lawyers using the sites try to scare you into hiring them based on emotion, not information. The truth is you might not even need an attorney to handle your case. So before you sign that retainer agreement, get informed!

This blog is different. There is a ton of free information here for you to review based on your needs. Have a DUI case? Check out the DUI section of the Topics. Have a question about how to value a personal injury or wrongful death case? Look at the Civil Practice section.

The Topics section can lead you to information that you can use to help you become informed on whatever area of law you are interested in. Well, not every area – this blog is really about criminal defense, civil rights and civil trials. With over thirty years of experience in those areas, my goal is to help you become better informed!

And what if the issue you have is not listed in the Topics? Send me a question and I will get back to you. We promise to get you information – then you can make a great decision about whether you need a lawyer and which lawyer you want to hire.

 


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 I went to get a bagel this morning after a hearing and ran into a guy with a story about "his lawyer." He had hired a friend of mine for a case in a practice area that I do not usually handle and he wanted to tell me about the great job his lawyer (and my friend) had done. 

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 We lawyers tend to think of ourselves as indispensable when it comes to protecting your rights. That is not always the case and you may be able to handle your case on your own without any lawyer. It’s true. Not every case requires that you spend money to hire a criminal defense lawyer – whether you are in Boise, Idaho


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