FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION: Attorneys who offer a free initial consultation display the Free Initial Consultation icon above their recent case information. Free initial consultations are subject to availability, and only available to people who are seeking to hire an attorney to represent themselves or someone else.
what is a free initial consultation?
A "free initial consultation" is a conversation between an attorney and a person seeking to hire an attorney for the sole purpose of determining whether the attorney can and will represent the client, and whether the client can and will hire the attorney. the conversation will include questions about the charges against you, and details about your arrest and other facts leading up to those charges. You will most likely want to know if the attorney has handled similar cases, and what his or her view is of your case and their defense.
Remember, an initial consultation isn't meant to map out the entire legal strategy of your case; there is much information, evidence and witness testimony to analyze before a strategy can be created. During the initial consultation, you want to make that one decision - hire or not hire.
where do initial consultations take place?
Where and how an initial consultation will take place depends on the attorney. Some attorneys will consult with you on the telephone, while others will require you to physically meet with them in their office. In some cases, the particulars of the case will require to meet in person.
When you contact a law firm to ask for an initial consultation, be sure to also ask where and how it will take place.
who is involved in the initial consultation?
Only two people need to be involved in the initial consultation: the attorney and the person seeking to hire the attorney. In some situations, the person seeking to hire an attorney is acting on behalf of another person (such as a child, spouse or other significant person) because the person who has been charged with a drunk driving offense is unable to meet with the attorney. This is okay, third parties can hire an attorney on your behalf.