When you need to choose a personal injury lawyer or criminal lawyer, it's important to understand that, just as every lawyer is an individual, not every case is the same. We start by talking to you, to get your story. There are different degrees of fault and several elements are necessary to prove in court, in order to be successful against the wrongdoer in a tort action or to defend an individual successfully in criminal court. Do not trust your precious case or your personal freedom to just anyone. You owe it to yourself and your family to speak to an attorney who has a proven track record. Phil Russo is such an attorney.
In pursuing a case against the wrongdoer or negligent party in a tort action, more than one person or party may be at fault, and responsibility may be apportioned among all of the wrongdoers. In some instances, the victim may even be partly at fault for the tragedy but that does not necessarily mean the person does not have a right to bring a lawsuit.
We will always determine if the accident or injury is potentially recoverable in a court of law. Consulting with Philip A. Russo will provide a sound basis on whether to pursue an action in court.
Please review our practice areas to learn more about the types of law our firm practices. We also encourage you to review the About Us page to view the history and philosophy of our firm, and view Winning Results to see abstracts of recent cases in which we obtained significant settlements, or other positive results for our clients.
We will partner with some of the world's best physicians, engineers, and experts to investigate and support our clients' cases.
If you are accused of committing a crime or traffic offense, charged with drunk driving (DWI), or party to a law suit, you definitely need a lawyer. You should contact a lawyer right away, especially if there are witnesses to interview and/or evidence to gather. The courts of our nation have become very complex, and it can be very difficult for people to find their way through the system without special training. Even when judges are understanding, trying to represent yourself can cause undue delay in the resolution of your case, and even small procedural errors can be very damaging to the outcome of a case or possibly leave you with a criminal record. In most cases, the best way to protect your rights is to hire an attorney.
You can always represent yourself without the services of an attorney; however that decision is one that you may regret for the rest of your life. If you are only facing a small fine, you may want to save the money and represent yourself. However, if you are facing a misdemeanor which may result in county jail time, or facing a felony which may entail years in prison, or you wish to avoid any kind of conviction, you MUST hire a private criminal defense attorney to look after your interests.
YES! Although many people believe they may be able to handle this hearing without the presence of a criminal lawyer, it is very helpful to have a criminal lawyer there defending you. A criminal defense attorney may be able to lower your bail or even negotiate to have you released on your own recognizance (R.O.R.) without putting up any money.
Following a car, auto, or motorcycle accident, it is important to call the police and seek medical treatment. Keep in mind that the shock of being in a collision may hide any pain until hours or even days later. If possible, following an accident:
Most insurance companies require their policy holders to immediately report a car accident. Insurance companies will want to know general information on how the accident occurred. You should know you have the legal right to speak with an attorney if you feel you will be better served. Most importantly, before you speak to the at-fault driver's insurance company about your injury, contact your own attorney to discuss your accident. You should never provide a statement to the other driver's insurance company. Insurance companies will often times try to paint a different picture of how the accident occurred and force you to admit partial or full guilt. Saying too much to another insurance company could mean the difference between getting full compensation for your claim and getting nothing out of the claim.
Before the meeting, collect whatever paperwork or information on the case that you have in your possession. Bring the names, addresses and telephone numbers of everyone connected with your case (including witnesses), as well as all papers involved in your case. Sometimes it may be helpful to see the papers before the meeting. We may request that you fax papers in advance, so there is enough time to go over it all before meeting with you.
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Philip A. Russo represents many clients with personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis. In these cases, we will not charge you a fee unless we successfully recover for you.
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