Some attorneys will agree to a flat fee for representation. Also, Massachusetts permits limited representation for family law, which permits an attorney to file an appearance to deal with a specific issue in the case such as just the pretrial conference, or just deal with child custody. This may be a good way to stay in budget and not incur excessive legal fees.
Keep in mind though, if you do have an hourly retainer, that it is typically the client's ongoing issues that cause the day to day...
No. The prosecutor cannot speak with you if you are represented. To speak with the prosecutor about your case, you must sign a waiver of counsel.
That being said, if you are unhappy with your lawyer, you should sit down and speak with the lawyer. It is his job to discuss any potential plea bargain with the prosecutor.
While you do not get to choose your court appointed lawyer, if you are not satisfied, you have the option of hiring private counsel, who typically has more time to...
It's hard to say whether you may face jail time. Since it is a third offense, the district attorney's office will be less lenient that they were in the earlier cases. You should hire an attorney immediately and work with the attorney to try to get the best plea arrangement possible.
With a speeding ticket, there are 2 levels of hearings where you can fight the ticket. The first hearing is gel in front of a magistrate. The officer is not required to be present. At this level, you have your oppurtunity to describe what happened from your point of view. You also may bring up your driving record if it is good. The clerk can either keep the ticket at the total fine, reduce the ticket, or find you not responsible.
If you do not like the result, you may appeal the ticket in...
Some times with shoplifting charges, the stores will go after you to recover costs related to loss prevention. The criminal case has already been resolved, so this would be a purely civil matter. You have 3 choices: pay the amount, call the debt collector and work out an agreement, or ignore the letter. If you ignore the letter, they may or may not file a small claims case against you to try to recover this amount.
File a report with your insurance company with any information you have. If the other party files a report, their insurance company will contact your insurance company. Where you are at fault, you will most likely be reaponsible for the deductible and it would be your insurance company paying for a any property damage.
You could file complaint for modification to change the visitation agreement. If you believe your ex is lying to the children and that they are scared, you can ask the judge to do an investigation with a GAL.
Allegations of molestation are taken very seriously in the courts. If you or your boyfriend were previously accused of molestation and t is in the family court's record, it may be hard to overcome the allegations.
You should consult a local attorney. While you did blow under the legal limit, the prosecution may argue that you exhibited all the signs of intoxication and proceed under this theory to try to get a conviction. There are many other factors that may come under te defense other than the breath test, including booking video, statements made and field sobriety tests.
At your boyfriend's arraignment, he will have to complete an interview with probation to determine whether he qualifies for a court appointed lawyer at low cost or no cost. The judge will then appoint a lawyer of he qualifies.