25 Cadillac Drive 270
Sacramento CA 95825
Mr. Becker volunteered for the public defender while in law school, validating his lifelong dream of being a criminal defense lawyer. He later decided to focus on DUI because that is one of only a few areas of criminal defense where science-geekiness is particularly useful.
1) Mr. Becker is truly accessible. (916)591-5150. Mr. Becker's Personal Cell Phone. He promises to return calls by 8pm the same day - sooner if possible.
2) Ms. Titus is a walking law-library. Her ability to spot issues that get more wins is an invaluable addition to the firm.
The dual focus and real flat fee.
Damage control and legal defense are two very separate skills and require very different mindsets. Most law firms have one attorney on the case and that attorney does or tries to do both parts. We have two lawyers - one for damage control. One for legal defense. Different mindsets. Different minds. Specialization.
Most other lawyers charge a flat fee for pre-trial and then a later, separate, and much larger fee for trial or sometimes even for motion work. One guy even pretends he charges a flat fee, but it really is a down-payment on an hourly retainer. It gets shady. We don't do that. I know of NO OTHER LAW FIRM that offers a flat fee at the outset that includes a jury trial right in the contract. We do this. Why? Because I get sick of hearing other lawyers in court talk about how they NEVER do trials because the client cannot afford a separate, later-added trial retainer. These get expensive. Since many cases settle, and people rarely know early on that their case *will* go to trial. So we offer the right to a jury trial at the outset for an extra $1000 - if 1 in 5 go to trial, it makes it so the trial client only paid $1000 more instead of a separate $5000. We feel like we get paid a fair amount on the overall (spreading the risk) and the client doesn't go bankrupt on lawyer fees for a jury trial. We also find ways to make it so that if someone retains for the jury trial option, that they get value for it even if the case doesn't go that far. Being retained for trial is the trigger that lets us threaten the DA with a trial in order to get the improvement on the plea deal that might not otherwise happen. It is a good deal and it is totally unique.
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