Frequently Asked Questions
How can I check the status of my application?
If you are one of our clients, you can contact us by phone or email to check on the status of your case. If you wish to check on the status of your case on your own, your ability to do so will depend on the type of matter you have.
For criminal matters, whether you can access the County Court's online system will depend on which county your case is being heard in.
San Bernardino County: https://portal.sb-court.org/portal
Riverside County: http://public-access.riverside.courts.ca.gov/OpenAccess/CriminalMainMenu.asp
Orange County: http://occourts.org/online-services/case-access/
Los Angeles County: www.lacourt.org/criminalcalendar/ui/
For Immigration cases, if you do not understand the status of your application our office will be happy to explain it to you. You may also track your current case at www.uscis.gov using the “Check your Case Status” link.
How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?
Legal fees will vary from case to case. The factors that go into determining the legal fee include, but are not limited to, the complexity of the case and potential obstacles (i.e., witness issues, evidence-based issues, constitutional rights, etc.). Furthermore, filing fees are required for certain immigration applications. If you have an inability to pay, however, you may qualify for a fee waiver for certain forms. Filing fees are separate from attorney representation fees.
What should i bring with me to the consultation?
To make it easy, you should bring anything and everything you have related to your matter. Don't worry about whether it is relevant. Once we begin discussing your situation, we'll figure out what information is necessary, which is good to have, and which we simply don't need.
If you have possible witnesses that may be needed, make sure to have their contact information handy as well.
how long will it take to resolve my case?
Estimating the time it will take for any kind of matter to resolve is extremely difficult. Much of that will depend on our case load, how quickly you can get additional information we request, back to us, as well as opposing parties and their processing times. When you come in for a consultation, we may be able to give you a general time frame of how long your matter will take, once we know more specifics about your situation.
Rest assured, we'll be with you every step of the way. You can always call in to check the status of a case, or simply send an email.
How many cases do you handle? Are you too busy for me?
The short answer is: We handle enough cases.
The longer answer is: There is no specific number of matters that we can handle. The number of cases we take on varies, depending on a several factors. To make this determination, we look at our current cases and your own case, and weigh several factors, including: type of case, where the case is located, what stage of proceeding a case is in, how much additional investigative work needs to happen, and the amount of time we generally expect the new case to take.
We always make sure that we are not taking on too many cases so that we can make sure we provide the proper attention to each case that comes into our office. We believe in quality representation.
Of course, this means that we turn down cases from time to time.