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What to Expect During Our Free Initial Consultation

On behalf of Randall & Stump, PLLC in Charlotte, Criminal Defense on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

 

Any type of legal matter can have significant implications for your rights, which is why working with skilled legal counsel is essential. Whether you’ve been injured in an accident or arrested on criminal charges, it’s in your best interests to retain an experienced attorney as soon as possible, to ensure your rights are protected. At the same time, you should do your homework to ensure you make an informed decision. Many firms will offer a free initial consultation, which enables you to conduct some research on potential candidates.

Our attorneys at Randall & Stump, PLLC understand that you may want to talk to a few lawyers before finding the right fit for your needs. We’re happy to set up a no-cost, confidential case evaluation to explain our legal services and show you why our team is a valuable asset in protecting your interests. To schedule your free appointment with a North Carolina attorney, please contact our Charlotte, NC office today at (980) 237-4579 or use our online contact form. You can also review some general information on what to expect at our consultation.

Before the Initial Meeting

Our preparation for the consultation begins behind the scenes in advance, and there are a few tasks on your to-do list as well. From the information you provided in your phone conversation or online contact form, our attorneys will have a general idea of your circumstances. We’ll certainly be getting more details from you during the meeting, but your lawyer will conduct some basic investigation into your matter before you arrive. For instance:

  • In a criminal case, we’ll research the relevant statutes, constitutional issues, potential punishment, and other legal issues related to the charges. Our goal is to determine weaknesses in the allegations against you and work on a defense strategy to get a favorable outcome in the case.
  • If your matter involves a personal injury claim, we’ll research case precedent and determine the best tactics to ensure you get the highest compensation allowed by North Carolina law.

A small amount of preparation on your end will ensure we make the most effective use of our time during the free initial consultation. We’ll request that you bring any and all documentation related to your case, so we have the details necessary to move forward with your case. Plus, it’s also useful if you jot down any questions you have about your criminal case or personal injury claim.

We Want to Hear Your Story

The point of our initial meeting is to listen to your side of things, so that we’re in a better position to provide you will valuable legal advice on your rights. We’ll request that you describe in great detail the circumstances surrounding your arrest or the accident that caused your injuries. Our lawyers know how to guide the conversation in the most productive way possible, asking questions and offering input when it may be useful to your understanding of complicated topics. We’ll also take notes regarding:

  • Evidence that will be key in your case;
  • Potential witnesses or other individuals who have knowledge regarding the situation;
  • The main strengths and weaknesses in your case;
  • Areas where additional investigation or research is necessary;
  • Action items for our team; and,
  • Additional details we may need from you.

Evaluation and Explanation

After hearing from you, our attorneys will provide an overview of the relevant legal issues involved in your case. Most personal injury cases are based upon the theory of liability known as negligence, and we tell you what we need to establish your rights. We can clarify the process of seeking monetary damages, which typically starts by filing a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company.

For a criminal matter, we can go into detail on our proposed defense strategy. In some cases, we may suggest working out a plea bargain with the prosecutor. By coming to an agreement on resolving the charges, you may get lesser charges, a reduced punishment, or other positive outcomes. If the facts indicate that the charges should be dismissed, we’ll focus our efforts on pretrial efforts to have the case tossed out of court. In cases that go to trial, our lawyers will fight for your rights on all possible fronts.

We cannot offer guarantees, even after careful evaluation of your circumstances. However, we can promise that our team will prioritize your needs, so you can feel confident knowing you have dedicated legal representation on your side.

Set Up Your Appointment with a North Carolina Attorney Today

To learn more about our legal services in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense, please contact Randall & Stump, PLLC. You can schedule your free initial consultation at our Charlotte, NC by calling (980) 237-4579 or filling out the online contact form available on our website. We’re happy to describe our experience and skills, giving you peace of mind that you’ve made the right decision when retaining our firm to represent you.