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Legal Frequently Asked Questions


Ten Most Popular Questions

Do I have to answer police questioning?

If you are a suspect or think you could become a suspect, you are within your rights to request an attorney before speaking with any law enforcement officer. By law, everything you say to your attorney is protected by the client-attorney privilege. Anything you say to law enforcement officers can be held against you.

What is a contingency fee?

A contingency fee means that your personal injury attorney receives a legal fee only if a financial reward is obtained for you.

At the law firm of E. Stewart Jones, our fee is based on a percentage of what we are able to obtain for you. In short, we don’t get paid a legal fee unless we win your case.

Other FAQ

What is the difference between criminal procedure and civil procedure?

When a crime has been committed, action is taken by a government agency against the person, persons, organization or other entity that violated the law. The first purpose of a criminal prosecution is punishment, which frequently consists of a fine or jail time.

In a civil matter, the dispute is between two or more individuals or entities. The first purpose of a civil prosecution is obtaining compensation for the wronged person or entity. Settlement in a civil matter is generally an award of a money judgment. A criminal sentence is not imposed in a civil matter.

If arrested, what steps can I take on my behalf?

  1. Do not discuss your situation with anyone except your attorney.
  2. Unless your attorney says otherwise, do not discuss your case with law enforcement.
  3. Request to have your attorney present if you are to be put in a lineup or subjected to testing.
  4. Remain calm and courteous. Allow your attorney to speak for you to ensure that your rights are protected and you are given all the benefits afforded to you under the law.

If I hire an attorney but do not want to go to trial, can I settle?

In the course of preparing a case for trial, your personal injury attorney will work with the defense attorneys and insurance companies in an effort to secure a fair settlement for you and your family.

The final decision to accept an offer of settlement or go to trial is yours alone to make.

The attorney you hire can directly impact the outcome of your case.

The E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy Law Firm has prepared answers to many "frequently asked questions" to help guide you through what can be a difficult and stressful process.

We hope this information helps you better understand your options and assists in selecting the best lawyer for you and your case.

Have more questions?

Call our offices or contact us for a free consultation.