Being arrested and charged with a crime must be taken serious. Not only are you looking at the possibility of losing your freedom for a term of years, but you are also looking at fines, court costs, restitution and a criminal record that can cause you problems and tough times further down the road.
Hiring a private defense attorney is imperative for several reasons. First, a private defense attorney will be able to assess your case, apply time and conduct work that is necessary, and advise you throughout the process. On the other hand, a public defense attorney, though competent, will have limited time because he or she is required to handle a very large case load. Second, hiring a private defense attorney informs the Judge, the prosecutor, and your bondsman that you are acknowledging the seriousness of the situation and acting accordingly. In many situations a Judge will reduce bond or allow a PR bond when a private attorney enters an appearance an accused’s behalf because statistics show that people who hire private attorney’s are less likely to flee from the charges (i.e. skip town). Also, bondsman are more likely to work with clients who are represented by a private attorney for the same reason.
The next question is who do you hire? If you have picked up the yellow pages, you will notice that there are many choices out there. Many factors need to be weighed into your decision making process. This is when you need to assess what position you want to take on your case. Clearly, if you know you are guilty and you have decided that you want to take full responsibility for the incident, hiring an expensive “dream team” of attorneys does not make financial sense. However, you may want to fight the case against you for several reasons, such as a dismissal for lack of evidence, infringement of your constitutional rights, discrimination, etc. And of course, you may want to go to jury trial because you are down right innocent.
Our firm handles criminal cases very differently than other firms in Oklahoma.
First, you will be able to determine how you want to defend your case. You will not be charged a sky-high fee just because you have been charged with a serious crime. The fees will be determined during our first discussions. At that time, you will be able to direct our firm on how you want to be defended. Sometimes this may mean fighting through trial. Othertimes it may be accepting full responsibility and pleading the case out quickly. Regardless, you will only be charged based on the amount of work anticipated – NOT THE TYPE OF CHARGE ALONE.
Second, you will be involved in building the defense case with the law firm. Explain what angles you would like to take to prove your innocence and let’s work on a way to show it to the District Attorney’s office or a jury of your peers.
It is important to note that the law firm of Christian M. Zeaman may not be the best law firm for you. There may be some instances wherein your case may require specific legal experience and skills for your situation that the firm does not have. However, you can count on our honesty. We will not take a case, or your money, unless we can give you 110%. In such a instance, the law firm will refer you to a competent attorney, free of charge, who can meet with you to discuss your case.
It is also important to note that the law firm of Christian M. Zeaman may not take your case for other reasons. You have the ability to chose your attorney, and we have the ability to chose our clients. If you are dishonest, unremorseful, prejudicial or disrespectful to the Court, our firm will not represent you and it would be best for you to take your business elsewhere. Further, the firm does not represent people who are charged with child abuse, abuse of the elderly, animal cruelty, or other crimes wherein defenseless victims have been hurt. Our firm represents good people who are either innocent, have made a bad mistake or a poor decision, are disadvantaged, or have been involved with drugs or alcohol.
If you are interested in hiring our firm, please call for a free consultation so we can sit down and discuss your case and the relevant laws that will apply to your situation.