How much do you charge?

Every case is different and it’s impossible to quote a fee without discussing the particular facts of your case. The maxim “you get what you pay for” applies in every context including legal representation. Mr. Clayton’s fees are competitive for attorneys with his level of experience and expertise. We do accept credit cards and offer payment plans if you are not able to pay the full retainer up front. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case and find out your options.

Should I go with the public defender?

Many public defenders are extremely intelligent and hardworking attorneys who defend their clients as hard as any retained attorney. Unfortunately you don’t get to pick your public defender and there is no way to guarantee that you will be assigned a good one. The Constitution only guarantees minimally effective counsel to those who cannot afford an attorney. Often public defenders have massive caseloads and cannot dedicate the amount of time and energy to each case that a retained attorney can. We take the time to thoroughly and completely investigate the facts and research the law in every case that we handle to ensure the best results possible for our clients. We also make every effort to keep you informed about the status of your case and return calls within 24 hours.

I did it, I don’t think I can win at trial. Why should I hire a lawyer?

Just because you “did it” doesn’t mean you are “guilty”. Guilty is a legal term. Until you plead guilty or are found guilty at trial you are presumed innocent. Often evidence may be inadmissible because it was illegally seized or for a variety of other reasons. It is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney who can give you an accurate assessment of where you stand before you make any decision to plead guilty.

That being said, sometimes the odds of winning at trial may be heavily stacked against you. Even in that situation, a well prepared and experienced attorney may be able to negotiate a better outcome than you could expect on your own.

I didn’t do it. Should I just talk to the police/FBI and explain the situation to them?

NO!!!

If you are suspected of committing a crime do not, under any circumstances, talk to the police without an attorney present. In more than 10 years of doing this I have never seen a person improve their situation by talking to the police without an attorney. Police detectives and FBI agents are trained to elicit incriminating statements not to discover the truth. “Everything you say can and will be used against you” is not just something they say on TV. It is the truth. Law enforcement agents are interested in closing their file, not proving you innocent. There may be some limited circumstances where speaking to the police may be helpful, but it should always be done with your attorney present.