Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really need an attorney to represent me in my criminal, DWI, traffic, or personal injury case?

Legal representation is extremely valuable whenever you are involved with the court system. An attorney can help to ensure that your legal rights are protected. The attorneys at Williams & Williams will make protecting your legal rights and advocating for you our top priorities.

 

What should I do if I am arrested and charged with a crime that I did not commit?

Unfortunately there are times in which individuals are charged with crimes that they did not commit. Whenever you are arrested and charged with a crime, regardless of the circumstances, it is important that you seek legal representation or at a minimum, the advice of a qualified attorney in order to assure that your legal rights are protected.

 

What kinds of criminal and traffic cases can Williams & Williams help me with?

Our office accepts a wide range of criminal cases. We accept cases such as murder, assault, sex offenses, drug sales, drug possession, weapons charges, theft offenses, domestic violence, probation violations, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, speeding tickets, and expungements. Even if you have a charge that is not one of those listed, please contact us because we may be able to offer you our services or refer you to one of the many skilled and capable attorneys in our area.

 

Is it very expensive to hire your firm to represent me in my criminal case?

Our legal fees vary according to the crime that has been charged. We strive to keep our legal fees reasonable and competitive. For the convenience of our clients, we offer flexible payment plans and we accept major credit cards as well as payments through the PayPal system. We even accept credit card and PayPal payments over a secure server on our website. Our legal fees will be clearly and thoroughly explained prior to representation. However, our legal fees do not include any fines and court costs that may be assessed by the court.

 

I have been injured in an accident, can your firm help me?

If you or someone who you know are injured in a motor vehicle accident or hurt in a fall, our law firm may be able to help. Please contact us to schedule a no obligation consultation so we can discuss your situation in detail.

 

I was recently in an accident, what do I need to do?

After being in an accident, it is important that you immediately seek medical treatment. If a law enforcement agency responded to the scene of your accident, you should also obtain the report from that agency regarding the accident as soon as possible. It is also important that you contact your insurance company and inform them of the accident. Because an insurance company may want to take a sworn statement from you, before giving a sworn statement, it is important that you contact an attorney so that your legal rights are protected.

 

Is there any advantage to having a lawyer represent me in my accident case?

Negotiating with an insurance company can sometimes be a bit more difficult than you may expect. There is nothing that would prohibit a person from representing themself, but it is wise to have someone on your side who has experience in the negotiating process. It is also wise to have someone on your side who is familiar with properly filing a lawsuit should that become a necessary course of action. Our firm is capable of advocating for you and protecting your legal rights if you are injured in an accident.

 

Do I have a good case?

Every case is different and all cases depend upon what occurred. In general, personal injury cases require negligence, causation, and damages. In other words, the injury must have been caused by someone who had a duty of care or caution that was not followed often referred to as breached. The breach of this duty must also be the cause to the injury and there must be some type of damages that result from the injury. The strength or weakness of a case depends on the facts so it is important that you consult with an attorney so your case can be properly evaluated.

 

What is the Statute of Limitations to file an accident case in court?

North Carolina has a three year statute of limitations in accident cases. However a lawyer should be consulted well before this three year period expires.

 

Are there upfront legal fees that I will need to pay in order for your firm to represent me in my accident case?

No. We accept accident cases on a contingency fee basis. You will not have to pay any attorney fees unless your case is settled out of court or won in court. Our legal fee will be a percentage of your recovery.

Does your firm accept criminal and personal injury cases only in the Durham, North Carolina area?

Although our office is located in Durham, North Carolina, we accept criminal and personal injury cases throughout the state of North Carolina. However the bulk of the cases that we do accept are in Wake, Durham, and Orange County.  For the convenience of our clients, we will gladly travel to your location to discuss your case. Please note that our attorneys are licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina only. Unfortunately we are unable to provide any legal advice on matters that arise in other states. However if you have a question or concern regarding a legal matter outside of North Carolina, we would be happy to assist you in locating appropriate legal counsel.

 

Why should I choose Williams & Williams as opposed to the many other lawyers and law firms that are available?

Williams & Williams is a firm that is concerned about our clients, committed to our clients, and compassionate towards our clients. We will provide you with an honest and upfront evaluation of your case as soon as possible. During the course of our representation, should anything change regarding the nature of your case, you will be notified promptly. You will never have to be concerned with hidden or surprise legal fees. If you choose our firm, you can be assured that the lines of communication will always remain open. We are always only a phone call, an email, or a text message away. Perhaps most importantly, our law firm will work hard to ensure that your legal rights and interests are protected.

 

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If you have been charged with a crime or injured in an accident, it is strongly recommended that you consult with an attorney for legal advice about your specific situation and circumstances. Our website is intended to provide general information only. This website does not provide nor is it intended to provide legal advice. This website is also not intended nor does it establish a contract for the provision of or the obligation to provide legal services by law firm of Williams & Williams Attorneys and Counselors at Law, P.L.L.C. or the attorneys of the law firm. However if you wish to discuss your legal matter further, please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to meet and/or speak with you.

Please note that the attorneys of Williams & Williams Attorneys and Counselors at Law, P.L.L.C. are licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina only. Unfortunately we are unable to provide any legal advice on matters that arise in states other than North Carolina. However if you do have a question or concern regarding a legal matter in another state, we would be happy to assist you in locating appropriate legal counsel.