FAQs

The following list contains Frequently Asked Questions answered by Virginia criminal lawyer Karin Riley Porter. The answers are excerpted from an interview.

If you believe that a family member or someone you know has been arrested in Virginia, there are avenues to find their location, as well as the charges. Arrests can happen quickly and sometimes without the knowledge of the suspect’s family members. This information may be hard to find in real-time, as things may change as a case progresses, however many of the state agencies have information available upon request online or in person. Knowing where to look for this information is important. So, how exactly do you find out if someone was arrested and is in jail in VA?
Well, there is something to be said for you get what you pay for and it’s the same thing with criminal charges. Especially, when you value your future, your liberty, and your peace of mind. Taking the cheapest lawyer is not probably going to be the best option for you because you will not really be assured you have the best possible representation. Now, just because an attorney is less expensive than another attorney, doesn’t mean that one attorney is less capable necessarily. But as a general rule, if somebody’s fees for particular cases are really low, it could mean
Well, the first thing that somebody needs to do is figure out what their objectives are. Also, it’s important to figure out what their budget is as well as how much the outcome of a particular case means to you in deciding what the budget constraint is going to be. Then, it takes some legwork to research attorneys who best practice criminal defense in the particular jurisdiction you have been charged. Then, you need to call up and set up phone conferences with the attorneys. Attorneys usually provide some amount of time or free consultation at least over the phone
There are many different ways that somebody could try to obtain counsel that fit for each particular purpose. There are certain websites that can be accessed for people to research attorneys for each field. There are Lawyers.com, AVVO, as well as individual websites. All of these sites provide biographical information about the attorneys involving their areas of practice. Some of the sites, such as Google+, also provide reviews that can be beneficial to individuals looking for attorneys and who have never retained counsel before. Also, word of mouth from family or friends that have either have used attorneys in the
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