FAQs Answered By Weinstock & Associates

Criminal Defense

How do I know if I need a criminal defense lawyer?

If you have been arrested or are under investigation or have been questioned by the police or are involved in any criminal process of any sort, the answer is a most definite yes.

If you are unsure, consulting with a criminal defense attorney is a smart step. He or she can help you decide if you need representation. We offer free consultations, so you can find out whether legal representation is needed. Please call our offices at 609-277-3639.

What if I am innocent of the charges?

Your innocence or guilt does not dictate your need for a qualified defense attorney.

Often, people feel a false sense of security, knowing their innocence. While we'd all like to believe that the justice system will protect us, innocent people are often prosecuted. Your best protection is consulting with a qualified defense attorney.

What if I'm questioned by the police?

It's important to say absolutely nothing to the police until you have legal representation in place. Do not sign anything or make a statement.

This can be hard, especially when we're wrongly accused. We want to clear our name and tell our side of the story. But you must remember "anything you say can and may be used against you in a court of law." Their goal is to gather evidence in order to make a conviction.

Police may employ strong-arm or deceptive tactics to get you to talk. They may even tell you they will not arrest you. Do not believe them. Speaking to the police needs to be an informed decision made between you and your defense attorney. Remember, every word counts.

How much will a good defense attorney cost?

The cost of a criminal defense lawyer can vary depending upon the nature of the charges that have been filed against you and the jurisdiction.

A more complex case may carry a greater retainer than a simpler one. Occasionally, though, a minor charge may carry a substantial retainer because the defense attorney foresees the need of extensive motion practice or aid of an expert witness.

In a misdemeanor case, the typical fee can vary significantly between cities, counties and states.

A lawyer may request a retainer of several thousand dollars. For felony cases, retainers often start at $5,000 - $10,000 and can be $25,000 or more for serious or life felonies, such as homicide or sexual assault.

Civil Litigation

What is a civil litigator and how can one help me?

Civil litigation is the branch of law that manages disputes between individuals or organizations where possible compensation may be awarded to the victim.

For example, if a victim of a car crash claims damages against the driver for injury or loss, this would be a civil law case and a civil litigator would be required.

Or if a party to a contract is owed money or seeking a specific performance, a civil litigator would be needed to collect the outstanding debt or ensure compliance within the terms of the contract.

What kind of cases does a civil litigator manage?

Civil litigation covers a broad range of legal disputes. Civil litigators generally specialize in two or three specific practice areas.

Several common types of civil litigation that our firm manages include:

  • Products liability
  • Premises liability
  • Personal injury
  • Construction
  • Medical malpractice
  • Real estate disputes
  • Collection matters

If you are unsure if you require the service of a civil litigator, call our offices at 609-277-3639 for a free consultation. We are located in the heart of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

What are the stages of a civil law case? What can I expect?

Because of the broad range of civil litigation, every case differs. But generally, there are seven stages: investigation, pleadings, discovery, pretrial, trial, settlement and appeal.

Not every lawsuit goes through each stage of civil litigation — most are settled before a trial occurs. Our goal is to reach a satisfactory resolution for our clients in the timeliest manner possible.

What should I look for in a civil litigator?

A civil litigator should be experienced in all of the stages of a civil law case (see above). He or she should be aggressive yet able to litigate your case in a cost-efficient manner.

The attorneys at Weinstock & Associates are experienced civil litigators who have represented a broad array of clients, from individuals to fortune 500 companies.

Appellate Review

How can an appellate attorney help me?

If you're unhappy with a court decision, an appellate attorney can represent your interests through an appeals process. Because we're a general practice firm, most appellate cases fall within our realm.

Guardianship Applications

What does guardianship mean legally?

If someone is unable to govern his or her own affairs (be it financially, medically or otherwise), a guardianship action is required. Our goal is to walk you through the process so you understand the complexities involved.

Real Estate Transactions

How can an attorney help me in real estate transactions?

After you enter into a real estate contract for the purchase or sale of property, there is a three-day attorney review period, during which time both parties to the contract have the right to retain counsel to review the contract. At this stage of the real estate transaction, an attorney can advise you about your obligations under the contract.

As most purchase agreements are standard language, an attorney may help you to prepare an addendum to the contract, further protecting your rights and ultimately saving you money.

Additionally, an attorney can represent you at settlement. Having an attorney present at settlement is important because he or she will be able to assist you in understanding the multitude of documents that must be signed.