What You Should Know before Selecting a Criminal Defense Attorney

Before selecting a criminal defense attorney, it is important to note that attorneys are not magicians. Anyone who claims that just by hiring legal counsel, your charges will disappear, is not being truthful. As criminal defense attorneys, our ability to negotiate your case is dependent on a variety of circumstances. It is important that you understand this fact and temper your expectations accordingly. At The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler in Austin, TX, we are going to do everything we can in order to get you the best result possible. To review the logistics of your case, contact our office today.

Honest Representation

No one can guarantee an outcome in any case. We are also going to give you an honest assessment of the good and the bad about your case. Just because you have paid us a substantial sum of money, it does not mean we should or will tell you something just because it is something you want to hear. In some cases, we are only going to be able to mitigate your sentence on the existing charge. In others, we will be able to get the charges reduced or dismissed. In some cases, we are going to have to go trial.

At trial, we may win or we may lose. While we are extremely successful at trial, it should be noted that even the best criminal defense lawyers are lucky if they win slightly over 25 percent of the cases they take to trial. In some situations, your result will be very similar to the result you may have obtained if you had represented yourself. In addition, you can be punished up to the maximum possible sentence. If you go to trial and are found guilty, the maximum penalty is available at sentencing and can be imposed by the judge or the jury.

Avoid Legal Landmines

One of the reasons you hire a lawyer is to acquire guidance and avoid legal pitfalls common in cases where individuals choose to represent themselves. A lawyer should have the expertise necessary to help you avoid legal landmines and ensure the least amount of overall damage. Individuals sometimes have the expectation that their lawyer is going to win every case every time simply because the lawyer was a paid a substantial amount of money. Sometimes individuals hire a lawyer because that lawyer tells him or her something that they want to hear.

The fact that we are not infallible or magic is difficult for many clients to understand. We hear from clients daily who are certain that the facts of his or her friend’s case were far worse than the facts of his or her case and his or her friend’s lawyer got the friend a much better deal. The first question that comes to mind is why did you not hire your friend’s attorney?

The reality is, however, clients oftentimes have no idea how or why their lawyer were able to obtains the results they did. Everyone wants to have the best lawyer. The truth is that sometimes it was dumb luck and not lawyering at all. This is a trade secret that we lawyers hold close to the vest. It may have been a different judge, a different prosecutor, a different police officer, or a major ace in the hole in the facts of the case that led to the different result. It may have been laziness on the part of the prosecutor.

We know from having worked on both sides of the aisle that prosecutors sometimes do things for odd reasons. There are times when prosecutors get generous on a case because their kid has a little league game that afternoon and they simply do not want to deal with the case at that time. Be skeptical of folks who come to you with information about how awesome their lawyer was, or go ahead and hire the magic lawyer that he or she is telling you about.

Reasonable Fees

At the Law Offices of Jason Trumpler, our fees are reasonable. We generally charge at or below market rate, despite the fact that Mr. Trumpler has tried more cases and has had much better results in many cases than your average lawyer. When you sit down with your lawyer ask him or her how many cases he or she has taken to verdict. There are some amazing lawyers out there that have tried and won a lot of cases, and there are many lawyers that would not know where to sit if the case went to trial. We charge what we charge at our firm because we believe in providing high quality legal representation at reasonable fees. Mr. Trumpler comes from a blue collar background and understands that legal fees are not something folks generally plan for.

However, hiring any lawyer is not cheap. While our fees are competitive, we understand that you expect results. The only result we can promise is that our lawyers are going to do everything they can within the confines of legal ethics to get you the best result possible. We can do no more, and you should expect no less.

Our criminal defense fees are flat. That means we charge you a flat fee up until trial and then a flat fee if you choose to go to trial. We break it up this way because most cases are resolved short of going to trial. If your case is resolved before trial, you can expect to pay less money. It should also be noted that our fees are non-refundable. Once you pay a fee, absent something extraordinary, you should not expect a refund. This policy is in place because our fees are extremely reasonable based upon the market.

Hire a Lawyer Who Will Advocate for You

At The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler, our team will answer your questions honestly and work tirelessly to provide you with the best possible results. Jason Trumpler has taken more than 100 jury trials to verdict and has tried cases successfully as both a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer. We can represent you in a variety of cases from family law matters to civil litigation. Contact our offices online or call us at (512) 359-3300 to find out more what our team can do for you.

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