Q: Do I really need an attorney?
If you have been charged with a crime, you need someone who can fight to protect your rights. Prosecutors are trying to secure your conviction, and a dedicated attorney can make a tremendous difference for your future. If you have not been charged yet, you need someone who can advocate on your behalf prior to charges being filed. An attorney can gather information and start their own investigation in order to begin building your defense. An experienced lawyer can make sure you do not get taken advantage of at a time when you are most vulnerable.
Q: Will any attorney do?
Not every attorney practices criminal law. Not every criminal defense attorney practices in both state AND federal court. A good state criminal defense attorney may not have any experience handling federal criminal cases. Similarly, a good civil attorney may never have represented a criminal defendant. It is important to have an attorney who is not only well versed in defending the crimes alleged against you, but who also understands the rules in the corresponding venue. Because the procedures and rules in state and federal court are different, it is crucial to find an attorney who comprehends the distinctions between these systems in order to get you the best possible result. Samuel Ansell has years of experience practicing criminal law in state, federal and appellate courts and will competently and passionately defend you.
Q: What questions should I ask when hiring an attorney?
When your freedom is at stake, it can be overwhelming finding the person that can best defend you. Remember, you are the client. It is in your best interest to ask questions of the person you are spending your hard-earned money to hire. Whether you are charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, the attorney you hire should be accessible to you and answer your questions. Some questions you may want to ask at your initial consultation include:
- How many cases like mine have you handled before?
- How much experience do you have in State/Federal/Immigration/Appeals court?
- What avenues of defense do you think we can explore?
- What are your payment arrangements?
Q: The police want to talk to me. Should I talk to them?
A: When approached by law enforcement it is important to understand your rights. Hiring an attorney and not talking to law enforcement does not imply your guilt. It is a smart strategy to protect yourself and your future. Investigators may try to intimidate you into speaking with them when you are not represented by an attorney. Even if you are innocent, it is necessary to have representation in order to ensure that you are not taken advantage of by the system.
Q: If the defendant is not a US citizen, how will their immigration status be affected by an arrest?
A: Certain criminal convictions can have grave consequences on your immigration status. Because of his experience as an immigration attorney, Samuel understands the importance of avoiding a conviction when possible. If a plea is necessary, he will advocate for one that has minimal impact on your immigration status. It is vitally important that you hire an attorney that fully understands and can explain the immigration consequences of your case with you.
Q: My case has concluded but I don’t feel as though I got adequate representation. Is there anything I can do?
A negative outcome to your case may not always be avoidable. However in some circumstances, there may be a cause to file a Post-Conviction Relief (PCR). You or your loved ones should call Samuel to schedule a consult regarding your case. Be sure to bring any paperwork you have regarding your case.
Q: What is attorney-client privilege? What should I tell my lawyer?
A: Even from the initial consultation, regardless of whether or not you hire the attorney, anything you say to them is protected and privileged. Your attorney is not there to judge your actions; an attorney is there to ensure that you are provided a fair and vigorous defense. It is critical to be honest and share all information you have with your attorney. Failure to do so creates an unnecessary hurdle for your attorney in adequately defending your case and can put you at a disadvantage. Even when maintaining your innocence, the attorney is best equipped to determine what information is helpful or not. Therefore your complete disclosure is vital to your defense.
Q: How do I find out if there is a warrant for my arrest?
A: You may call the sheriff’s office for the county in which you believe the warrant was issued. However, if you find yourself in this situation, you should contact an attorney right away. Samuel Ansell can verify whether you have a warrant issued for your arrest and intervene on your behalf if necessary. He can guide you through the process and begin fighting for you immediately.
Q: Can I change attorneys?
A: In most circumstances, you can change your attorney. If you are uncomfortable with your attorney or do not want him or her to represent you any longer, a second opinion is a good idea.
Q: What counties of Indiana does Ansell Law Firm service?
A: Ansell Law Firm is located in Marion County and services most counties throughout the state of Indiana. Samuel Ansell regularly represents clients in the following counties: Marion, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson, Boone, and Monroe. He has also defended clients in Jasper, Elkhart, Allen, Noble, Putnam, Tippecanoe, Clinton, Bartholomew, and other Indiana Counties. He is admitted to practice in Federal Court in both the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Immigration representation is handled at the Immigration Court in Chicago, IL.
Q: What forms of payment of do you accept?
A: For your convenience, we accept cash, checks, money orders, and all major credit cards.
Q: Can you tell me what you charge for a case over the phone?
A: It may be possible to quote a fee for some cases, such as traffic cases, over the phone. However, in many cases it will be necessary to schedule an appointment with Samuel Ansell to discuss your case. For privacy reasons, it is often preferred to discuss you case in person. In addition, Attorney Samuel Ansell will be able to better grasp the work that will be involved in your case and the manner in which it should proceed.
Q: What are your office hours?
A: Because Attorney Ansell’s busy schedule takes him to various counties and out of state in Immigration Court, appointments are available Monday through Friday. Phones are answered Monday through Friday from 8:30am—5:00pm with 24 hour messaging.