Questions You Must Ask A Criminal Defense & Personal Injury Attorney Before Hiring Them
Attorney DeSantis has practiced law for over 15 years, with a primary focus on criminal defense. Prior to passing the bar Attorney DeSantis interned for prosecutor’s offices in Connecticut and Massachusetts. This allowed Attorney DeSantis to gain insight into how cases are prosecuted and to structure a defense accordingly. Attorney DeSantis has handled literally thousands of criminal cases over the years. This ranges from major felonies, federal, misdemeanors and appeals. This includes people accused of crimes and working with the police, prosecutors or other agencies to attempt to prevent an arrest. Or if one is arrested making every attempt to get the charges dismissed. If that is not an option to attempt to negotiate the best deal possible, with the goal of obtaining no jail time. If that is unsuccessful then working out the best sentence possible, or going to trial.
Attorney DeSantis has taken over 100 cases to trial. This includes at least 20 jury trials involving major felonies such as murder, sexual assault, Federal wiretap, conspiracy to sell kilo quantities of cocaine, arson, gun sales, and more. Attorney DeSantis has taken numerous minor cases/misdemeanors to trial as well. Attorney DeSantis has tried nearly a 100 habeas corpus cases, a type of appeal involving a bench trial (Judge Trial). Attorney DeSantis is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers. This allows Attorney DeSantis to stay current with developments in the law as well as the trends in the practice of criminal defense. Attorney DeSantis has participated in hundreds of hours of continuing legal education throughout the country and stays current by continuing to participate in continuing legal education. Attorney DeSantis accepts Court appointed cases on the State and Federal level and has done so for years. Attorney DeSantis has been a member of the CJA panel for years by which he receives appointment to major Federal cases which involve serious and complicated crimes. Attorney DeSantis has attended numerous seminars presented by the Federal Courts focusing on recent and important developments in criminal defense throughout the country. Attorney DeSantis has an extensive network of investigators and experts that he has worked with over the years. Whatever the situation Attorney DeSantis has access to seasoned investigators who are reliable and resourceful. Attorney DeSantis has worked with various experts in the past who are reliable and knowledgeable in their respective fields.
Attorney DeSantis was certified as a Criminal Trial Advocate in 2006 and re-certified in 2011. The standards are set forth at the end of this page or see http://www.nblsc.us/certification_standards_criminal/. The certification process involves a thorough screening of credentials, including: documentation of their experience and continuing legal education, judicial and peer references, an exam, and reporting any potential disciplinary matters. The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification committee then reviews each application to determine if an attorney meets the requirement. The same holds true for re-certification which must be done every five years. Attorney DeSantis was named by the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the year 2013. This is a premier group of attorneys who practice criminal defense from the State of Connecticut. The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization of America’s top trial lawyers. Membership into the organization is by invitation only and is extended to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership in their respective state.
Attorney DeSantis will stay in constant communication with you regarding the status of your case and address any questions or concerns that you have during the process. Attorney DeSantis believes in client orientated representation. Attorney DeSantis believes that the client should be involved with the decisions that are made and be fully aware of all the options at each stage of the process. This includes going to visit clients incarcerated as much as is necessary and meeting with family members.
Generally Attorney DeSantis charges a flat fee. This allows Attorney DeSantis to focus solely on representation. This means that a client doesn’t have to worry about having to pay extra for meeting with their lawyer or talking on the phone with their lawyer. You know what you are paying for upfront.
When someone is arrested often times the first person they meet outside of the police is the bondsman. Do they immediately refer you, or a loved one, to an attorney? Is this really how you want to base one of the most important decisions in your life? It can certainly be a factor but with something as important as your freedom, or conviction that will remain with you for the rest of your life, one should take a careful approach to who they hire. It should be who is best for you, not who somebody thinks is best for you.
10 Key Questions To Ask When Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
Safety is always a major concern. Whether it’s a car accident or an incident at work, if you’re caught in a situation where you’re injured due to no fault of your own, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries.
Before speaking with the responsible party or their insurance company, meet with a qualified personal injury attorney to talk about your case. An experienced attorney can help you understand your options and can advise you of your chances of recovery. Remember that you do not have to hire the first attorney you interview.
Selecting a qualified personal injury lawyer can be a very difficult and confusing experience, especially if it’s your first time dealing with lawyers or law firms. Many lawyers claim to handle personal injury cases. Unfortunately, it takes more than “one call” to handle a serious personal injury claim. It is important to select a qualified attorney or law firm with significant experience in handling personal injury cases. Here are 10 key questions you should ask before hiring a personal injury lawyer.
Questions To Ask a Personal Injury Attorney:
What areas of law do you specialize in?
Have you handled injury cases like mine before? If so, how many?
How many personal injury cases have you taken to trial? What were the results?
How long does it typically take to resolve an injury case like mine?
How often will you communicate with me about my case? Will I be able to speak directly with you if I need you? (RED FLAG: The lawyer or law firm sends an “investigator” or paralegal to your initial consultation instead of the attorney meeting with you in person)
How many cases are you currently handling? Do you have time to handle my case?
If I am not satisfied with the insurance company’s offer to settle my case, will you be the actual attorney filing a lawsuit on my behalf and taking the case to trial?
Can I get references from some of your past clients?
Have you ever been suspended from practice of law? If so, why?
What is your contingency fee?
Talk to Our Macon Personal Injury Attorneys Today
If you are a victim of an accident or injury, the attorneys at Buzzell, Graham & Welsh can assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys are experts at handling auto accident cases and will pursue all types of compensation including payment of your medical bills, compensation for your pain and suffering due to injury, payment of lost wages, and possible punitive damages. Schedule a consultation today by contacting us at (478) 787-0047 or click here to complete a contact form.