Criminal Defense Questions (FAQs)

Answers from Our Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyers

Being charged with a criminal offense or traffic violation can be an overwhelming experience and may leave you with a number of questions. Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh works to put you in the best possible position when their case is over. That could be getting a not guilty verdict after a trial or a dismissal before a trial. It could be shepherding an individual through drug, alcohol or mental treatment and putting them on the road to recovery. It could also mean getting a felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor or avoiding jail time.

Each case and each client is different and our Raleigh criminal defense attorneys only succeed when we are able to meet your specific needs. We do that by empowering clients to become involved in every aspect of their case, identifying their specific needs and concerns, and developing an action plan that suits those specific needs.

To do this, we’ve provided some answers below for any criminal defense questions you may have, to help guide you through the process. However, if you have been arrested, do not hesitate to discuss your specific circumstance when you call (919) 887-8040 to schedule a free initial consultation.

What do I need to bring with me when we meet for the first time?

Typically before your initial case consultation, all you need to bring is your “paperwork.” This includes all citations, warrants, release conditions, and any other paperwork that involves your case.

Will I need to get a letter from my employer in order to drive to work if I am charged with a DWI?

If you have been charged with DWI and you drive for work-related purposes between the hours of 6 am and 8 pm, you will not need a letter. However, if you need to drive outside of those hours, then the answer will most likely be yes, you will need a letter from an employer.

Will I need to go to court or can an attorney from Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh appear on my behalf?

It depends on the particular charge. Most traffic violations can be handled without an appearance by the client, including speeding tickets and stop sign and red light violations. However, other charges may require you to be present, but it depends on the particular charge. Our Raleigh criminal defense lawyers will discuss this when you call our firm.

Are fees charged on a flat fee or an hourly rate?

For most cases, we charge a flat fee. When we discuss your case during the initial consultation we try to learn as much about you (the client) and your case as possible so we can be as reasonable as we can in determining the fee to be charged.