Criminal Defense FAQ

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Why should I hire Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA) to handle my case?

Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA) have experience in both prosecuting and defending criminal, traffic, DUI/DWI and personal injury cases. They have a proven track record of zealously representing clients, both in and out of the courtroom and when cases cannot be resolved pre-trial, they are especially skilled in the courtroom due to their extensive judge – jury trial experiences.

Do you have a free consultation?

Yes, we offer a free consultation.

What are your fees?

We offer a flat fee rate on all criminal, traffic and juvenile matters. All fees are based on the applicable charge and prior record of the client. Personal Injury matters are based on a contingency fee or the amount collected. For personal injury matters, there are no fees unless we win.

What form of payment do you take?

We take MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, cash, money order and checks.

Do you offer payment plans for your retainers?

Payment plans are only offered on an as needed basis.

Will I have an opportunity to meet with the attorney before I go to trial?

All clients will have the opportunity to review and prepare their case with the attorney prior to trial. Customarily, police reports and other documentation will be obtained by us in each case, and is sent to the client for review, whereupon those reports and documents will be reviewed together by the client and the attorney. A meeting will be scheduled to prepare for trial.

What happens if my temporary license expires before I get an MVA hearing?

The MVA is required to forward driving privilege extensions as long as a hearing request and application filing fee are filed in a timely manner. In the event that you do not receive an extension, please contact our office and we will assist you.

How long will it take to get a court date and MVA hearing from the date of my offense?

It takes approximately 6-10 weeks for an MVA hearing to be set from the date of offense. A court date will be assigned usually 4-8 weeks from the date of offense.

What happens if I cannot appear on the date that the court sets for my trial?

In the event that you cannot appear for trial, it will be necessary for you to provide proof that you cannot appear for court. Once we receive that proof, we will then request a postponement on your behalf.

If I have a bench warrant for my arrest, what steps should I take to have this warrant recalled?

If a warrant has been issued for your arrest, it is imperative that you make an appointment with our office to discuss recalling or quashing this warrant, or making arrangements to turn yourself in to the authorities. If that drastic step is necessary, Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA) will assist you in securing the services of bailbondsman to secure your release from custody.