We at The Law Offices of Mark Morales and Associates are dedicated to helping you achive the best results in the legal setting. Whether you, a friend, or a loved one has been accused of a drug offense, a DWI, an assault, or any other criminal law matter, we can help.
We have created this site as a resource to help you make an informed decision about hiring an attorney and to help you make informed decisions as you navigate through the legal process.
We know it can be stressful to decide at what point to hire an attorney or even if hiring an attorney is the best option. We have provided this site to inform you so that you can make the right decision regarding legal representation.
When you are ready to choose the right attorney regarding your criminal law or family law case we hope you will consider us. If you so choose you can call us at (512) 930-5511 or you can use the form on this site to request an evaluation of your case.
You can also visit our primary website at www.MarkMorales.com to see our case results and to learn more about our firm.
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Advice when looking for an attorney:
The following are the three most important things to consider when you are looking for an attorney:
1. A lawyer who is going to make your case a priority.
2. A lawyer who has a track record of successful outcomes in cases that are similar to yours.
3. A lawyer who is not going to try to gouge you, especially in these tough economic times.
You have my word that you will be treated like family. My track record speaks for itself, you can follow this link to my main site to see a list of all of my success stories. I don't believe that you will find a more reasonable rate for the quality of services that you will receive here at my firm. You work hard for your money, and my track record demonstrates that I will work equally so hard.
Because I believe that communication is critical for a successful attorney/client relationship, I provide my personal cell phone number to each of my clients so they can reach me at any time if a concern arises or if they just become anxious and need someone to talk to.
Our areas of practice include:
Custody and Visitation
Orders of Protection
Modification and Enforcement of Prior Court Orders
DWI (both misdemeanor and felony)
Assault w/Bodily Injury (Family Violence)
Possession of Marijuana
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Injury to a Child
Driving While License Suspended
Motion to Revoke Probation
Endangering a child
Manufacture and Delivery of Controlled Substance
Engaging in Organized Crime
Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon
Questions to ask an attorney you are planning on hiring:
Hiring an attorney is a big decision. So big in fact that it may seem like you need to be a lawyer to be able to make the right choice. To add to the anxiety produced in trying to choose a good attorney is the knowledge that choosing the wrong lawyer can cost you dearly in more ways than one.
So, what does it take to hire a good attorney?
Though it may be impossible to answer this question with 100% accuracy, there are questions that you can ask an attorney you are planning on hiring that can help you choose the right lawyer. These are the following:
The first question that you should ask an attorney that will help you determine if they are the right choice is, “How much is this going to cost me?” Of course, getting a good price is important. After all, who wants to win their case but loose everything else in the process? However, this question should also be asked from an ethical perspective. For example, if you ask an attorney, “how much is this going to cost me” and their answer is, “I don’t know,” run away. In fact sprint for the door if the attorney you are considering hiring won't provide specific cost details. This is true because a good lawyer will provide you with a retainer agreement and a specific billing schedule from the beginning. This ethical practice is important because it builds trust by demonstrating transparency early on in the client attorney relationship. In other words, you know you are not going to be financially taken advantage of because your attorney is open with you from the start.
The second question that you should ask any attorneys you are interviewing that will help you determine if they are the right choice is, “How much control will I have over my case?” If an attorney doesn't agree that you should be in charge of your case, keep shopping around. Attorneys exists to help the client navigate through the legal process. After all, at the end of the case it is the client who will have to live with the outcome. In the meantime the attorney will typically get paid either way. Having said all of this it cannot be emphasized enough that the client should be on top of their case from day one. A client should never assume that the attorney has everything under control. This attitude often results in a negative and expensive outcome. A client should do everything to win their case with their lawyer's assistance. Make sure that you are in charge by demanding that the lawyer-client relationship is stated explicitly and in writing from the beginning. From there you should also demand to receive regular updates on the work being done on your behalf. Finally, be sure that you have your attorney’s direct phone line and that your calls will be returned promptly. You should be assured that your attorney will be your main point of contact and not the paralegal or office secretary.
The third question that you should ask an attorney that will help you determine if they are the right choice is, “Will you speak to me in plain English.” Not only is it important that you have easy access to your lawyer and that he/she communicate with you regularly, but it is equally important that you hire someone you can understand. There are many attorneys that use “legal speak” to intimidate their clients into submission. They use technical language knowing their clients will be intimidated and therefore gain the upper hand in the client/attorney relationship. Make sure your attorney uses plain language during your consultation. An attorney who speaks in plain English will help you make informed decisions and this will go a long way in helping you achieve positive results in your case.
The fourth question that you should ask an attorney that will help you determine if they are the right choice is, “What is your track record?” This is true because nine times out of ten an attorney who meets all of the preceding criteria that has been discussed will be of little help to you if they don’t have a proven track record. You need to determine this during your initial consultation. Don’t be afraid to ask the attorney to show you a list of the cases he/she has handled as well as the results for each one. This is not something to make assumptions about. Determine in your mind that a lawyer that refuses to let you see their track record can’t be trusted with your case.
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