Fielding general questions on D.C. criminal defense

Francie Hester artwork demonstrating criminal defense in DC

I do not charge for free consultations. Nor, as a matter of practice, will I take over representation from another lawyer.

My claim to fame

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This website is my claim to fame at D.C. Superior Court. It is not my commanding courtroom presence or my oral advocacy skills. It is not even my good looks. It is this website.

On choosing a house. Or a lawyer.

Baltimore graffiti

Some clients will hire the first lawyer they reach by phone. Others will take more time. They interview multiple lawyers in person. They ask questions.

Stop plagiarizing my website

D.C. criminal defense attorney

Last year I found out that Nabeel Kibria of Ervin Kibria Law had lifted whole blocks of language from my website for use on his.

Presenting your best self when soliciting business

D.C. criminal defense attorney

When marketing your writing services through mass emails, it is a good idea to make sure there are no typos, misspellings or grammatical errors in your message.

Beautifying this website

D.C. criminal defense lawyer

As part of my effort to improve the look of this website, I am replacing stock legal photos with two types of images: D.C. landmarks and graffiti.

Second-Guessing Your Lawyer

The caller tells me he wants my professional opinion.  What he really wants is some free legal advice so that he can second-guess the lawyer he has already hired. But the caller has three problems.  His first problem… Read More

Avvo: Falsus in Uno, Falsus in Omnibus

Like Kramer asking for extra MSG on Seinfeld, I think I am going to put myself on a “please call” list for marketers. Just kidding. Some marketing guy from Avvo called me the other day, and I shut… Read More

Three Years In: Dealing With Potential Clients on the Internet

I get a lot of strange emails and phone calls from people who find me on the Internet. A woman wrote me the other day looking for help with all sorts of different legal problems – from personal… Read More

Get Out of My Office: A Hypothetical Interview With a Potential Client

A woman and her son come into the office for a consultation. At the end of the hour, the woman turns to me and tells me that they have also met with a number of other criminal defense… Read More