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What type of cases do you generally handle?
AI represent clients facing serious felonies (with the exception of child molestation and child abuse cases) and misdemeanors; civil rights cases involving false arrest, excessive use of force, and other police misconduct cases; family law cases involving divorce, paternity, alimony and child custody; commercial and civil litigation, including business disputes and breach of contract actions; Labor and Employment cases including wrongful termination and discrimination.
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Other than a law degree, what kind of special training or knowledge do you have?
AI was formerly a police detective and former patrol officer. I have investigated many criminal cases including homicides, robberies and other serious felonies. Additionally, as a patrol officer I specialized in DUI investigations and received advanced training in investigating DUI cases. I also prosecuted cases for the Miami Dade County State Attorney’s Office. I have substantive Jury and Non-Jury Trial experience both as a prosecutor and defense attorney.
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What are your attorney fees and costs, and how are they billed?
AAttorney’s fees will vary from case to case based on the following factors approved by the Florida Bar: (1) the time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved and the skill requisite to perform the legal services properly; (2) the fee customarily charged in the locality for similar services; (3) the amount involved and the results obtained; (4) the time limitations imposed by you or by the circumstances; (5) the nature and length of the professional relationship with you; (6) the experience, reputation and ability of the attorneys performing the services.

For Example, the fees for representing an individual charged with a DUI—first offense will likely be significantly less than one charged with DUI Manslaughter, because of the factors enumerated above.
Criminal cases are usually fixed fee cases (excluding costs), while civil and family law cases are usually hourly cases based on the firm’s current hourly rates.
Costs are separate from legal fees and they typically include court costs, deposition costs, travel expenses, and standard office costs such as postage, copying, scanning, and conferencing charges, as well as other costs incurred during the representation of a client. All costs incurred on behalf of a client will be billed as soon as the cost is incurred.

Whether your case is a fixed fee, monthly installment or hourly, every client will receive a monthly statement highlighting all of the work done on your matter, what legal fees and costs if any are owed, etc.

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Can a portion or all of my case be handled by paralegals or legal assistants and if so will there be a reduction in my fees?
AOn hourly matters, any work performed by a paralegal or law clerk will be billed at a reduced rate. Whenever possible, any work that can be easily performed by a paralegal or law clerk will be delegated by the attorney. Ultimately, the attorney is responsible for your case and there are many instances, i.e., making court appearances, drafting significant motions, negotiating settlement terms, which have to be handled by the attorney. Any work done by other staff members such as receptionists, secretaries, will not be billed. Work performed by paralegals or law clerks in fixed fee matters will not be billed but the time will be logged and will appear on clients’ monthly statements.
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Do you have a payment plan or do I have to pay your fees all up front?
AIn limited cases, payment plans are available. In instances where a payment plan is established, the client would generally give a down payment and make a monthly payment for legal services.
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What forms of payment do you accept?
AWe accept all major credit cards, including Visa, Master Card and American Express, check or cash.
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What is your approach or philosophy to winning or representing a case?
AMy philosophy is always focused on winning while remaining focused on the client’s overall goals. Winning a case means different things to different people. For Example, in a criminal case sometimes wining means getting the prosecution to drop the charges, not file charges at all, reduce the charges or simply minimizing the client’s exposure to incarceration. In a civil or family law case, winning may mean entering into a settlement agreement either to avoid litigation altogether or resolve the case without further litigation.
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Are there others ways for solving my legal problem?
ASometimes a case can be resolved without the need for litigation. Each case is different and sometimes litigation is unavoidable because both sides feel they have been wronged. An attorney will always do their best to try to keep a case out of court when possible.

I have settled family law cases and civil cases at mediation and through settlement agreements prior to the commencement of litigation.

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How will you communicate any activity or update on my case?
AGenerally, either the attorney or his support staff will contact the client when important court dates are coming up or to update them on the status of their case. A client is always welcome to contact the attorney or his support staff to ask questions about their case or to receive an update on their case. It is important to always update your contact information with your attorney’s office even if most of your information remains the same.
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What is the likely outcome in my case?
ANo attorney can promise a client what the outcome of a case will be. An attorney can give an opinion based on his experience on similar cases, the strength of a particular case and various other factors. It should be noted that an attorney’s opinion does not equate to a guaranty. Generally, a client will only know what the result will be once the case is enters the settlement or disposition stage.