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Law Office of Timothy M. Williams

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Okemos, MI

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517-940-6349

Helping criminally charged clients protect their rights. Contact me today for experienced help!

The relationship you have with your attorney is important. You should feel comfortable contacting your lawyer when you have questions, and your lawyer should be responsive to your needs. At least this is what I believe. I am Timothy M. Williams, an attorney in Mason, Michigan. I have more than 25 years of experience, and I know criminal defense and family law matters inside …

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Willis Law

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Okemos, MI

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269-218-1980

No Matter What Type of Legal Matter You Face, It Is Extremely Helpful To Have Experienced Local Counsel On Your Side.

Whether you are seeking an attorney because you need to draft an estate plan, were injured in an accident or charged with a crime, it is helpful to have local counsel. Willis Law prides itself in taking its clients' legal problems personally. The firm's lawyers and staff work diligently on behalf of clients. Anyone who has suffered a serious personal injury deserves …

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Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C.

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Okemos, MI

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Helping Clients Protect Their Rights. Contact Us Today for Help!

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Have You Been Charged With a Hate Crime?

If you are convicted of a hate crime, your punishment can be increased and you could face serious time in prison. Call an Okemos attorney skilled in the defense of hate crimes to ensure you receive the best representation and avoid being sentenced to an enhanced penalty.

Types of Hate Crimes

A hate crime is an unlawful act motivated by bias based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. A "hate" offense is not in and of itself a crime, but the charge enhances the possible penalties. Once the prosecutor has proved that a defendant committed a crime and the offense was motivated by hate toward a specific group or characteristic, the severity of the punishment increases.

How an Attorney Can Help

An attorney can often resolve your particular legal issue faster and better than trying to do it alone. A lawyer can help you navigate the legal system, while avoiding costly mistakes or procedural errors. You should seek out an attorney whose practice focuses on the area of law most relevant to your issue.

How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation

Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

Common legal terms explained

Personal jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court's reach in personal jurisdiction.

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