Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I hire an attorney?
A: Being arrested for a criminal matter can be devastating. Being prosecuted
can be significantly worse. It is precisely at times like this where so
much of what you have worked for is being threatened that you need a professional
to step in and take over. Hiring a local criminal defense attorney will
ensure you peace of mind that your matter is being handled by someone
who is familiar with the jurisdiction and its unique practices.
Q: What should I look for in an attorney?
A: You should be considering an experienced attorney, but also you should
consider the attorney’s particular background. An attorney with
a background in law enforcement understands exactly how cases are put
together and what the District Attorney’s office is considering
when prosecuting. Having a background in both policing and prosecuting
cases has given me great insight into mistakes that are often overlooked
or not considered by attorneys with non-law enforcement backgrounds. Each
attorney’s background makes them uniquely situated to handle your
case differently, you must decide who you feel the most comfortable with.
Q: How much does an experienced criminal defense attorney cost?
A: It is fair to say that attorney fees vary as much as their backgrounds.
At the Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert, we charge reasonable rates which
we can usually relay during the initial consultation often over the phone.
We understand that no one expects or anticipates the hardship that comes
with being arrested or having a loved one arrested and try to make every
accommodation possible including offering payment plans and even accepting
most major credit cards.
Q: When should I hire an attorney?
A: Absolutely as soon as possible! Any attorney you speak with will attempt
to make it clear that the sooner he or she is retained, the sooner he
or she is able to step into your shoes and begin protecting your rights.
Realize this: by not hiring your attorney as early as possible, you handcuff
his effectiveness in getting the case dismissed or in negotiating with
the prosecution. Often you limit his ability to effectively investigate
the case and provide you with an effective defense. In a perfect world,
I would want to be retained immediately so that I could immediately begin
evaluating the police reports and tape recorded interviews and have an
investigator assist in preparing your defense while the District Attorney’s
Office is still evaluating prosecuting. With an aggressive early defense,
I have found that it is possible to provide the filing Deputy the additional
evidence he needs to make the correct filing decision- a “non-file”
or “rejection” of the arrest.
Q: How are you different from other attorneys?
A: Every defense attorney comes from a unique background. I have been trained
in just about every aspect of investigating a case at the street level.
I have investigated thousands of criminal matters determining in certain
cases that an arrest was appropriate while in others that an arrest was
not the just outcome. I have “street level” experience that
other attorneys do not.
I have also prosecuted cases for the Ventura County District Attorney’s
Office, very likely the same office you are now facing. I know how they
make filing decisions, what facts they value and what they reject. I personally
filed hundreds of cases for that office and rejected nearly as many after
carefully evaluating the evidence provided by the police departments when
they submitted the matters pre- and post- arrest.
It is impossible to guess at every question going through your mind at
a time like this. I invite you to
contact us at
(805) 994-0560 for a free consultation. I will either speak with you directly or have
my secretary set up an appointment so that we can discuss the issues you
are facing in person.