How do I pay for my case?

Depending on the case you have, you will have to pay either a retainer fee or a flat fee. For Chapter 13 bankruptcies, we offer a payment plan.

What is the difference between a retainer and a flat fee?

A retainer fee is an upfront payment for legal services. Once a retainer fee is paid to our firm, we hold those funds in trust and as legal services are performed on behalf of your case, all costs will be deducted from the retainer fee. A retainer is not an approximation of your case cost, but merely a down payment for legal services. A retainer fee may cover the entirety of your case, or you may be required to make additional payments depending on how much work is still required in your case.

A flat fee is a one-time payment for the cost of your entire case. The flat fee will cover all expenses in your case including attorney time, court costs, and any third-party expenses such as subpoenas, process server fees, and expert witnesses.

What type of payments do you accept?

Credit/debit card (VISA, Mastercard, Discover), check, or cash.

What should I do if I get arrested?

Do not answer any of the officer’s questions, even if it’s about the weather, and do not volunteer any information. Inform the police that you are invoking your right to remain silent and you wish to speak to your attorney. Call Daniel J. Giannola immediately.

But I’m guilty, shouldn’t I just go in there and plead guilty? Why do I still need an attorney?

Just because you’re guilty doesn’t mean you should accept whatever sentence that the prosecutor throws at you. The prosecutor is not on your side and their job is to prosecute and punish people who are charged with crimes as harshly as he or she can. You need someone who knows the appropriate sentences and what to argue to the judge for a lighter sentence if push comes to shove. I tell people accepting a sentence is like buying a car. Would you walk into the dealership and accept any price that the salesman threw at you without knowing how much the car is worth or if you’re paying too much? The same goes for sentencing. Are you going to walk into court and accept any sentence that the prosecutor throws at you just because you’re guilty? Or do you want someone in your corner to ensure that the punishment fits the crime.

I don’t know if I need an attorney, what should I do?

Contact Giannola Legal LLC for a free consultation. We will discuss your concerns and issues and determine, together, what the next step should be for you.