General FAQs

What does it cost to meet with an Ascheman & Smith attorney? 

Your first consultation is FREE. If you're considering meeting with an attorney, but you don't know if we can help, or if you can afford our high-quality personal service, call us now. 
We handle most criminal cases on a flat fee basis and accept credit cards. Because each case is different, after reviewing your case we will tell you up front if we can take the case and what it will cost.  You then have the option of hiring us to deal with the case-at-hand.

We are straight forward and honest attorneys that want to help you. You will not be charged any fees until all potential fees have been completely and thoroughly explained to you.

Remember, your First Consultation is free, Contact Us Now! 


What is the Attorney-Client Privilege, and when does it apply?

The law recognizes that trust is a hallmark of the attorney-client relationship and that only through communicating fully and frankly with his or her attorney can an attorney represent his or her client effectively.  The attorney-client privilege basically states that anything you tell your lawyer in the course of your lawyer’s representation of you is confidential and cannot be revealed by your lawyer to anyone without your consent. The attorney-client privilege also applies to all information relating to your representation, whether provided to you by your attorney or by any other source – including the prosecutor. 

The attorney-client privilege is a powerful tool that becomes available to you from the moment you first consult with an attorney about your case; the privilege becomes more protective and comprehensive as soon as you hire your attorney.  After meeting with an Ascheman & Smith attorney, the information you provided us remains privileged, whether you choose to hire us or not.

Remember, when you are communicating with an attorney about your case, if your conversation can be overheard, it is not confidential. This is why we recommend that you don’t speak to your friends and family about the facts of your case – because you never know who else could hear your conversation, or where that information could end up. This is also why we prefer to speak with you in our office. In-person office conversations ARE confidential, privileged communications and CANNOT be used against you.