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FAQsQ: WHEN DO YOU SEE CLIENTS?
A: Normally we see clients in the afternoons (1-6 p.m., ) Monday –Friday. However, when a client is arrested on the weekend, we will see the client immediately, even if the client is in jail. For clients that work, we will be happy to schedule appointments that fit your work schedule.
Q: DO YOU HANDLE ANY OTHER TYPE OF LEGAL CASES?
A: We handle a wide variety of cases that all have some connection to criminal defense. So we will handle licensing issues for your business, liability issues for restaurant and clubs, domestic violence injunction petitions, and forfeiture of assets cases. If we don't handle the type of case you have, we will be happy to make a referral to an attorney we know and trust.
Q: DO YOU CHARGE FOR CONSULTATIONS?
A: No. Consultations are always free.
Q: CAN YOU HANDLE MY CASE WITHOUT ME GOING TO COURT?
A: In some misdemeanor cases we are able to appear on your behalf and you will never have to appear in court. In all felony cases you will have to appear in court.
Q: WHAT IS AN ARRAIGNMENT?
A: An arraignment is the day the prosecution files charges and we enter a plea of not guilty. This is how the case begins. If you hire a lawyer for a state case (not a federal charge) then you will not have to appear for an arraignment. You always have to appear for every court appearance in a federal criminal case.
Q: CAN MY CASE BE SEALED OR EXPUNGED AND WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
A: Many cases can be sealed or expunged. We have a full explanation on our website under the tab Tag.Link.Page.seal-or-expunge
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR FEES AND COSTS
Hiring a lawyer should not be the worst experience in your life. When you first meet with us, the last thing you were expecting before you were arrested is that you would soon be meeting with lawyers to represent you in criminal case.
Jackie Woodward and Phil Reizenstein are committed to offering their services for a fair fee that reflects their knowledge and experience in a case, and will cover the amount of work the case will require. Jackie and Phil want the client to feel like they are part of a defense team committed to getting the best results in their case. When clients think that all their lawyer wants is their money, then a positive and good attorney/client relationship can never form.
The fees we charge are based on how much work each case will entail. In many cases, based on our experience, we have standard fees that we charge for every case. In more serious cases, like many felony and appellate cases, the fees we charge are based upon our examination of the case and issues. A four witness felony case will usually (but not always) require less work then a felony case with twenty five or fifty witnesses.
In more serious felony cases we will usually quote two fees: a fee if the case is dismissed based on our work or the case is resolved with a plea, and a fee if the case proceeds to trial. There is a lot more work involved in trying a case before a jury, and we don't charge the client that fee unless we have to do the work involved with preparing and successfully trying a case.
Costs for the case: Many cases require the client to pay costs for the defense of the case beyond the fees paid to the attorney. These costs include costs for taking depositions, hiring the court reporter and having the depositions transcribed; having the transcripts for a trial or a court hearing transcribe for an appeal; the payment of filing fees for an appeal; the payment of fees for the use of a private investigator. When we incur costs in your case, you will always have the right to approve those costs before we incur them.
Court costs: If a case is settled, there will be court costs. The client is always responsible to pay court costs. We can help you schedule a payment plan for the costs.
Retainer Agreements: Our fees are always in writing. When you hire us, we will give you a written retainer agreement, so everything we talk about during our meeting is in writing. The Florida Bar recommends (and in some cases requires) that attorneys provide written fee agreements.
Promises or guarantees: It is unethical for any attorney to promise or guarantee a result. What we do promise is that we will try our best for you. What we do guarantee is that our experience in handling criminal cases is exactly what we say it is.