What are my chances, if I want to defend?
You can begin by completing the online strategy session form at this website. I will go over it and see if there is enough information initially to warrant a more in-depth analysis. In any event, I will get back to you by e-mail and you can decide then. You will not be charged for this strategy session. Remember, you only have 10 days to request a hearing in most cases. Act now to schedule a Free Strategy Session or call us today.
How much legal experience have you had with sex crime & child abuse defense?
My biography is posted on the website. But most folks want to know something about my attitudes and policies before they hire me. So, here goes. If you live around where I practice you have likely become familiar with the motto of my office: Intense Defense. That came about because I saw a lack of enthusiasm by some members of the bar to take sex crime & child abuse cases to trial.
Adding to that, there is sometimes pressure from judges and prosecutors to encourage defense lawyers to "help the process" by not aggressively defending their clients. With the massive negative legislation and a biased press, many people are shy and nervous to even talk about how they felt when problems caused by an arrest came their way. I consider myself an advocate. I take sides. I encourage responsible behavior on the part of others. However, I firmly believe that the rights of many persons arrested have and are been regularly abused and I am proud to defend those persons and those rights.
How will I benefit by just conferring with you?
Well, first of all, discussing your case with me doesn't cost you anything more than your time. Your time is important to you, just like mine is to me. If your case is important to you, you should invest some of it in having your situation evaluated by someone who regularly tends to those sort of things in a professional manner. There was a time when would all take our cars to the local service station for repairs. The times have changed and with it there come a need for more specialization in everything we do. My interest is in criminal defense. It would be my opinion that if you have been arrested, you should discuss you case with someone who practices in that area, whether it is me or someone else. The State Bar of Georgia frowns on lawyers who advise people in areas they know they are not competent to practice.
All I will try to do is try to make you feel at ease and offer you a cup of coffee or something to drink and listen to what you have to say. I'll be gratified that you have placed your confidence in me and taken the time to allow me to be apart of your life, for a while anyway. Then I'll listen to you. Because I want and need your trust if I am to be your lawyer, expect me to tell you the truth. It might not be what you want to hear. On the other hand you may be worrying yourself more than you should. Either way, I will ask you to sleep on the information I give you before we finalize our arrangement so you can evaluate me in the comfort of your own home. Whether you hire me or not, I feel sure that we will both have benefited from meeting each other. I know I will be wishing you the best regardless of your decision to hire me.
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How much control over my case will I keep if I hire you?
This is your case, not mine. I work for you, not the reverse. I know you are busy and I won't waste your time. I will strive to be on time for appointments and not keep you waiting in the lobby. When we speak and you ask questions I will try to ready with facts and answers. You are free to tell me what you expect of me as your lawyer. I encourage that, in fact. We will be working together for a good cause and need to understand one another. I make recommendations on how your case will proceed. YOU make the decision on my recommendations. I will seldom if EVER recommend changing a plea, once I have taken a case to try before a jury. I know you depend heavily on my recommendations. You can be confident that I will stand beside you and the decisions you make on those recommendations. Final decisions are, of course, always yours.
How can I be sure I will get my money's worth if I hire you?
All you can be absolutely sure of is death and taxes. But you can do a few things to put yourself at ease about whomever you choose to hire as your lawyer. Some of those things would include:
- Meet more than once with the attorney you are considering.
- Discuss the attorney's familiarity with the area of law involved.
- Note whether the attorney seem to be more interested in fees than facts.
- Check to see if the attorney is paying attention to the clock or to you.
- Ask if your fee agreement will be in writing
- Take notes of what you both discuss.
- Ask if you can see the affidavit he was required to file with the State Bar showing the legal seminars he attended over the past 12 months. If the areas are not in the area of criminal law it might be an indication of his desire to keep up current changes in the areas that affects you most.
- See if the lawyer wants you to act urgently to hire him. Don't confuse this urgency with an urgent need to meet a deadline that you know is approaching. That is totally understandable on the lawyer's part, if he is to be responsible to meet that deadline on your behalf.
- Once you make the decision, tell the lawyer you have trust and confidence in him or her and then show it later, when you begin to feel the pressure of the impending trial. That's when the lawyer needs it most.
I don't have a lot of money for a lawyer. How can I pay you?
I won't normally discuss the financial terms of a case until or unless I think I can help. If I believe, after a thorough evaluation of the facts of your case, that a viable defense is available to my clients, we will talk about the fees, costs and terms of payment at that time. That occurs once I know and understand what I will be expected to do in your specific case.
Most of my clients pay a "flat fee". That means I don't charge "by the hour". Clients need to know what "costs" will be associated with the defense. But they need even more to know WHY they might want to spend it or why they shouldn't. Since I strive to win, I usually recommend my clients make use of available "expert witnesses". These are people we can hire to explain to the judge or jury facts not readily understood by ordinary people in ordinary experience. They may help convince juries of my client's innocence.
Most people are not financially prepared to hire a lawyer. I understand that up front. That has never prevented me from conducting the best evaluation I could without regard to whether I got paid. But I have never had a client who did hire me tell me later he was disappointed in my efforts to represent him. I pledge that I will never take a fee and then pressure my client to change their plea. I have discovered that most clients who desire an aggressive defense will find some way to work out a satisfactory arrangement with me. I will be my intent to help them do that.
How can I find your office?
My main office is located in Evans, Georgia (Augusta). The address is 4325 Washington Road, Suite 101. I have office hours by appointment. I practice over a large area and I am often in court or out of the city. You may check to see if I have a satellite offices in another county near you. See the contact us page for more information or call me today.
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From the initial phone interview (which he provided free of charge) I felt that Mr. Young was genuinely concerned with me as a person and the success of my defense. He put no pressure on me to hire him in that interview; in fact, he encouraged me to think, pray, and research further before making a decision. After I hired Mr. Young he consistently showed himself reliable, knowledgeable, and sympathetic. My case ended well, and the lion's share of the credit and my deepest thanks go to this excellent counselor.
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Mr. Young is a man of his word. He said that he would work to the best of his ability in providing the services and attention needed with my case. He did exactly that and more. He was always available and ready to answer any questions I had pertaining to the case. I placed my trust and confidence in his work, skills and knowledge. My case resulted positively and I can't thank him enough. I would also like to extend my gratitude to his...
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