We strive to provide openness and clarity for our clients throughout the legal process. Below you will find questions frequently asked by our clients:
When do I need a lawyer?
It is advisable to hire a lawyer that has your best interests in mind to ensure your case goes smoothly.
People hire a lawyer when:
The case is emotionally-charged or complicated:
Understanding the complexities of legal documents, court proceedings, and contracts requires objectivity and level-headedness.
When you could potentially go to jail or prison:
Serious crimes such as federal offenses, assault, or homicide put your livelihood and life on the line. A lawyer can help you navigate or reduce time in jail.
If the opposing party has an attorney:
You may be at a disadvantage if the opposing legal party has proper representation.
If someone has been injured as a result of the crime:
Medical bills, insurance claims, and pain and suffering can be insurmountable and ongoing, and an attorney will help you avoid fines and mitigate fault.
What should I look for when choosing a lawyer?
A lawyer should be open to answering all of your questions and making your feel comfortable moving forward with your case and be honest with you. even if decisions are tough.
A lawyer should be responsive to you and have many channels of communication.
A lawyer should have a proven history of results and should be well-reviewed.
What is a retainer fee?
A retainer fee is a payment that a client makes in advance to an attorney before legal work can begin. The retainer amount is used as a ‘bank’ to pull funds for various court and other fees as the case unfolds.
Retainer fees are usually required for cases involving a trial or a lawsuit. Levine Law offers free consultations virtually or over the phone to discuss your legal matter, and we can help talk you through what may be financially required for your specific case.
How do I know if I have a case?
Every legal situation is vastly different, but there are some foundational factors to consider.
First, we look at if you or if someone else was at fault for the accident, dispute, or injury.
Liability can weigh heavily in a case.
Then we determine if negligence or recklessness was a cause of a physical or emotional injury.
Damages are evaluated, including financial (future medical expenses, potential to lose earnings) or personal losses (pain and suffering) and we seek to determine if a judgement can be satisfied by the party who caused the damages; i.e. are the uninsured, competent, etc.
What is the difference between being charged, convicted, or sentenced for a crime?
If you are charged with a crime, an allegation is made in the eyes of the law – which means you are not yet proven to have committed the crime.
If you are convicted of a crime, it means you have been proven guilty of an offense. The guilty party goes on trial, and a judge will hear the evidence and defense. This is where attorneys come in.
When you are sentenced for a crime, it means you are receiving punishment for the crime for which you have been convicted – often a fine or jail/prison time. The convict can appeal the sentence, usually with the assistance of an attorney.