We offer a free initial consultation and that will generally take less than one hour.
We charge two basic fees. One fee is for no charges, a dismissal or charges, or to negotiate a plea bargain. The second fee is if a trial is necessary. Our lowest fee is currently $3,500. We always give some discount if the client mentions Nolo.
$250 per hour minimum
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ms. Pat Ritter
I started practicing criminal law as a State prosecutor and developed a keen interest in criminal law. It is interesting and challenging and involves the most important of life's issues.
I believe that two heads are generally better than one. I attempt to fully explain all of the legal issues involved in the case. I want my clients to feel that they are fully informed so that they have the necessary legal information to make intelligent decisions.
I do not want to review legal documents that are prepared by a client. If a document is necessary, I will prepare it myself.
I think that an attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client. It's almost always a mistake for a client to represent himself. The client might be extremely smart; that doesn't mean that they will be on an equal footing with an experienced adversary.
• McLennan County District Attorney's Office, Waco, Texas, Assistant District Attorney, 1977-1981.
• Fulbright, Winniford, Bice & Marable, Waco, Texas, Associate, 1981-1985.
I have worked all my adult life. In high school, I worked as a dish washer in a hospital. When I attended college as an undergraduate, I worked as a railway switchman. After college graduation, I spent six years as an Air Force Officer. I believe I know people and can identify with almost everyone. That translates into a great advantage when working with both clients and juries.
I am bright, hardworking, and extremely organized. My style is to appear laidback and folksy. I would prefer to avoid battles that I cannot win and instead find a creative way to win. I think I am a really good example of a Sophist. I can convincingly argue for a position with which I totally disagree.Personal interests:
Reading, travel, computers, shooting pistols, art and exercise.
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