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Criminal Defense FAQs

It is not uncommon to be filled with questions after an arrest, and in fact, that is why King Law is here. The firm stands ready to answer any questions that you may have regarding your offense, the penalties you may be facing, and what the best legal option to take can be for you. At King Law, the firm establishes effective communication with clients, and when you retain the representation of the attorney from the firm, you are provided with their direct cell phone number.

WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN MY CASE?

There are a lot of different factors that may determine the outcome of your case, and when you contact a lawyer, you can get a better idea of how your case may turn out. Your charges, the evidence against you, the location and circumstances of your arrest, the prosecutor, and your defense can all contribute to the direction that your case may take.

SHOULD I EXPLAIN MY SIDE OF THE STORY TO THE POLICE?

No, it is not recommended. Law enforcement officials are gathering evidence all the time, and statements by the defendants are used against them every single day. If you are approached by a law enforcement officer, ask them courteously if you are free to leave. If not, tell them you would like to speak immediately to your lawyer and contact Attorney Robert King.

IF I AM ARRESTED FOR A DWI, SHOULD I TAKE A BREATH TEST?

A breath test makes the case against you stronger if you are actually over the legal blood alcohol content limit of 0.08 percent; however, if you choose not to take the test, the Department of Motor Vehicles can take away your license to drive for refusing the test. If there is a serious motor vehicle accident involved in your case or any type of injury or death, you may be facing charges other than driving while intoxicated. In that case, taking the test is not wise. In some cases, however, taking the test will likely allow for a hardship or conditional license while your case is pending.

HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST ME?

Fees in criminal cases depend on the intricacies and particular issues of each case. There may be legal fees, court fees, and attorney fees. When you work with an attorney at the firm, they meet with you for free and set a price based on the unique circumstances of your case.

I HAVE NOT BEEN ARRESTED YET, BUT THE POLICE ARE LOOKING AT ME. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you have not been arrested but are aware that you are being investigated, it is important that you immediately contact an attorney. When you work with King Law prior to an arrest, you can gain critical access to witnesses and prevent mistakes that could put you at risk in the future. The communication you have with your attorney will be protected, and you can ensure that you are taking the rights steps to protect your freedom.

WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS AT A POLICE STOP?

When you are stopped by police, it is important that you know your rights and exercises them efficiently. You have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. If you are arrested, you can politely inform the arresting officer that you are choosing to remain silent before you speak with an attorney. Even if you have already started talking, you can inform the officer that you are going to stop and then contact King Law as soon as possible.

Personal Injury FAQs

Anytime an accident results in a personal injury, it can be difficult to think about the prospect of filing a personal injury claim when you are dealing with the day-to-day pain and losses of your injury. Yet filing a personal injury claim can help you to obtain the financial compensation you need and deserve.

HOW MUCH IS MY PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM WORTH?

If you are considering the possibility of a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you might be wondering what your case is worth. In other words, how much money are you likely to recover if you go through the process of filing a claim? The answer to that question may depend on a number of factors. Accordingly, it is critical to have a Syracuse personal injury attorney evaluate your case as soon as you can. In the meantime, the following are some central factors that can affect how much your claim is likely to be worth.

DID YOUR PERSONAL INJURY OCCUR IN A CAR ACCIDENT?

If so, this is a particular kind of case that may have additional complications for seeking compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Since New York is a no-fault state when it comes to auto accident claims, you will need to file a claim through your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage first, and your payout can compensate you for the cost of medical bills and other economic losses. You will only be able to file a personal injury lawsuit if you can prove your injuries meet New York’s “serious injury threshold.” But you should seek advice from a personal injury attorney as quickly as you can.

HOW CAN I ESTIMATE MY ECONOMIC DAMAGES AWARD?

Generally speaking, if you are filing a personal injury lawsuit, you can assume that your damages award in a successful case will include compensation for direct, financial losses. These economic losses can include medical bill costs and lost wages. You can add up the amount you have lost, and that you are likely to lose in the future, to estimate a likely portion of your damages award.

HOW CAN I ESTIMATE MY NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES?

Damages in a personal injury lawsuit may also include non-economic damages, such as compensation for pain and suffering, or the loss of enjoyment of life. This amount is much more difficult to anticipate because it is subjective. Rather than looking at the cost of bills or lost wages on a pay stub, the court will need to determine the amount you should be compensated based on the pain and suffering you have experienced.

HOW ARE PUNITIVE DAMAGES INVOLVED IN PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS?

Finally, in some limited cases, a plaintiff may be able to seek punitive damages—also known as exemplary damages—in cases where a defendant’s behavior was so egregious that the defendant should be punished for wrongdoing. Punitive damages are also difficult to anticipate since they are not based on a specific economic loss.

DO I NEED TO WORK WITH AN ATTORNEY?

Yes! Every criminal charge has the potential for jail or prison time. Even if you do not go to trial, you need a lawyer to fight for you. Do not leave your future and freedoms up to chance. You need to immediately retain the representation of a dedicated lawyer from King Law right away. By retaining the firm, you can rest assured that your case will be in good hands. Contact the firm today by completing a free case evaluation form on the website. When the form has been submitted, a representative from King Law will be in touch with you shortly.