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As part of our mission to be a transparent and knowledgeable resource for our clients every step of the way, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about our services.

Criminal Defense & Personal Injury

Every case is as unique as the individual that brings it to us. We always recommend talking to an experienced attorney as soon as possible after an arrest or accident for the best possible chance of securing an ideal outcome. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get from new clients to help you get started. Of course, we’ll always be with you to answer any questions you have throughout the process as well.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Legal Services

Do I need to hire a criminal defense attorney if I plan on pleading guilty?
Absolutely! Even if you do intend to plead guilty, representing yourself can have major consequences for your future. There will still be a prosecution, and they’ll try to bring the harshest possible penalties on you. Derek L. Casey can help you navigate your options for a lighter sentence, minimization of charges, or in some cases, complete removal of charges.
Should I tell my defense attorney everything?
Your relationship with your attorney is privileged, meaning it is protected and confidential. Therefore, it’s best to be completely honest, even if you have committed the crime you are accused of. A skilled attorney can and will still defend you if you admit guilt to them, and we would never provide lesser representation or judge you because of it. Derek L. Casey is deeply committed to fighting for you and protecting your rights.
How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by someone who was acting carelessly, you may have a personal injury case, whether the damages are minor or major. To find out more about who can be sued and what you may be able to recover, call Derek L. Casey law! We’ll provide a thorough consultation going over the details of the accident to determine the best possible course of action.
How long do I have to file my personal injury case in California?
The statute of limitations for personal injury in California is two (2) years. This means you have two years from the date of your accident to file a suit against the negligent party. California law is very strict about this deadline, which is one of many reasons that it’s best to obtain legal counsel as soon as possible after an accident. Moving quickly means that evidence is fresh, making it easier to prove liability and get what you deserve faster.
Will my case go to trial?
Whether or not your case goes to trial will depend on a number of factors. In criminal cases, we may be able to reach a verdict or have the case dismissed before going to trial. In personal injury cases, we’ll do everything in our power to reach a reasonable settlement before filing a lawsuit. If a trial cannot be avoided, Derek L. Casey is prepared to fight fiercely for you during every step of the process.

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