Central Texas Criminal Defense: Frequently Asked Questions
Read Robert M. Phillips & Associates’ answers to common questions. This should not be considered legal advice. We are providing you with our FAQs for informational purposes. If you want to discuss your case, please submit your case details or contact us with a phone call or visit.
1) How soon after I’m arrested should I hire an attorney?
It is important to contact an attorney immediately after being arrested in order to preserve your rights as a defendant. In DWI cases, for example, you have 15 days from the date of arrest to request a hearing to review whether your driver’s license will be suspended. If you, or your lawyer, do not make this request by the 15th day, your license will automatically be suspended on the 40th day after arrest.
2) Should I hire an attorney before bonding my friend/family member out of jail?
Many bonding offices offer discounted rates to their clients who already have attorney representation. Additionally, an attorney may be able to get the bond lowered, so a defendant would ultimately pay less money to bond out of jail by hiring a lawyer first.
3) How much do you charge to handle my case?
Because every case is different, our firm does not have a flat fee for a particular type of offense or case. At our office, we believe that because the facts and the accused of every case are different, the fees are structured on each case to reflect those differences. In other words, it is impossible to set a fair fee without meeting the potential client in person; thus, we offer a free consultation wherein one of our attorneys will discuss your case with you prior to quoting or collecting a fee.
4) Do I need an appointment for the free consultation with your firm?
Yes. Because of our attorneys’ court schedules, you will need to contact our office to set up an appointment time that is convenient for you.