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Our Policies

Law Office Policies for Georgetown, TX Attorney Russ Hunt Jr.

If you or a loved one have been accused of a criminal offense, you're likely coping with some level of stress and confusion. You're wanting to locate an attorney who'll not only stand by you in court, but also address your personal concerns as you address the allegations.  We get it...this is a potentially life-changing situation.

Criminal defense attorney Russ Hunt, Jr. and his staff can help make your experience as anxiety-free as possible.  To that end, we lay out clearly defined policies regarding our business relationship, what you can expect while working with us, and how you can contribute to a great outcome for your case.  If you ever have any concerns or questions during the time we work with you, please reach out to us...we're listening.

Law Office Policies

Confidentiality

By law, the information you share with us regarding your case is confidential, and it's written in the hiring contract you sign. This is known as attorney-client privilege, and it means you can safely tell your attorney everything he needs to know to effectively defend you.  Like a doctor, your lawyer must know the details of your predicament--privately and from your side--to fully protect you.  Your attorney must—and will--defend you without judgment.  What you don't tell him can harm your case. What you do share can only help.

This law also applies to free consultations.  Even if you speak to several lawyers before hiring the one of your choice, all of them must keep your information confidential as well.  In a legal sense, your privacy is protected.  Information from your phone calls, emails, texts, and discussions will never leave our office.

Payment

We welcome your full payment when you hire Mr. Hunt, but we understand that's not always possible. For this reason, we frequently offer payment plans, and will generally accept an initial down payment when you sign a hiring contract.  After that, you'll make monthly payments until we're paid in full--ideally, before your case is settled.  Please let us know if you'd like to arrange a payment plan. We accept credit cards, checks, and cash.

Our contract is a two-way commitment that holds both parties to expectations. You'll expect Russ to represent and advise you about your case as needed, both in and out of the courtroom. At the same time, we expect that you'll continue with regular monthly payments as defined in our contract. If you're not able to pay on a certain month, please communicate this to us, and we'll work with you.

Cost for Services

Our cost for services is determined by the unique issues surrounding your case, and we'll quote the full fee after an initial discussion with you.  Since most cases are settled without a trial, the initial fee you will pay does not include trial costs. The contract will spell out the additional cost if we can't work out a satisfactory outcome out of court, and you choose to try your case.

Record Access

You are always entitled to copies of every record in your file; we provide these at no additional cost to you. These documents include court records, correspondence with prosecutors and witnesses, and other notes and letters. You may also review the written and recorded evidence we receive pertaining to your charges, which includes arrest videos and your statements to the police as well.

Contact hours

We accept and return phone calls, emails, and texts as soon as possible; response time is faster during regular business days and hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.).  Whenever we're not available, our round-the-clock phone staff or answering service will ensure that your message reaches us.  On nights and weekends, we'll respond to urgent calls and emails as soon as possible. If you have an emergency that affects your case (i.e, you can't get to a scheduled court appearance), please note it in your message.

Bail Bonds/Jail Release

If you needing bond assistance after an arrest, Mr. Hunt can provide the names of several local bail bondsmen for Williamson county cases who can guide you through the process.  This is a courtesy service, as our practice in Williamson county is normally not involved in the actual bonding process, and most counties where Russ practices require either that the entire bond amount be posted with the court, or that a surety bond with a bail bondsman be posted.  

In Travis county, all but the most serious cases will be released on low-cost Personal Recognizance bonds through Travis county's pretrial release program and an attorney may be able to help expedite this process.  Please feel free to contact our office for more information.  

In Federal court cases the bonding process is very different.  After an interview with the U.S. Pretrial services officer, a P.R. bond may be recommended, or it may be necessary to conduct a detention hearing to request bond release.  Following the hearing, the judge can release on conditions, can require a cash deposit for release, or can hold an individual with no bond.  Different types of cases have different considerations, presumptions and requirements for release on bond.  Surety bonds and bail bondsmen are normally not involved with bonding in Federal cases.

Length of Time

At the onset of your criminal case, you may wonder how long it will be before the whole thing is over.  Our best answer is: it depends on the severity of the charges against you and the complexity of developing a defense to the charges.  It can take weeks--often months—and rarely, even years to move a case through the court system  It may seem that your case only progresses inside the courtroom, but the true work happens between those monthly-or-so court appearances, as Mr. Hunt reviews the evidence and works with prosecutors to negotiate your best possible outcome.  Generally speaking, delay works in the defense's favor because it maximizes the amount of time for negotiation and legal maneuvering, but let Russ know if there is some need to dispose of the case quickly and he can work toward a quicker resolution.

Relationships with Prosecutors and Judges

Since Mr. Hunt has been representing Williamson and Travis county clients for over 20 years, he's represented thousands of clients in front of many area prosecutors and judges.   While courts are barred from giving "preferential" treatment to any particular attorneys or their clients, Russ's experience with key decision-makers and excellent reputation as an advocate for his clients helps him know the best approach to each of the players in the system in order to negotiate the best outcome for your case and to maneuver your case into the most favorable position possible.

Challenges to Wrongfully Seized Evidence or Miranda violations

Mr. Hunt thoroughly examines all of the procedural factors and physical or circumstantial evidence in your criminal case and, if necessary, is quick to question its validity.  For many reasons, some evidence simply won't hold up in court. Police, labs, and devices all make occasional errors, and timing is everything.  Russ will address any concerns you may have about the evidence being used against you.  Sometimes evidence necessary to the prosecution can be suppressed or thrown out of court.  Sometimes the threat of suppression is enough to achieve dismissal, reduction to lesser charges  or a better negotiated settlement.  Mr. Hunt will fully explore the evidence in your case from every possible angle to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Court Date Notifications

The courts hold you—the client--responsible for verifying and attending all scheduled court appearances, and we will inform you of future dates when we appear in court and obtain the new dates.  Some courts send out written notifications to defendants as well.  We always inform our clients of upcoming court dates which they will need to attend.  

Living in the Williamson/Travis county area has certain advantages in this regard--our courthouses are more technologically connected than many across the state, and case docketing information is easily available online for felony and misdemeanor cases in each county.

Please remember that any reminders you receive from our office will only reflect the information you have already received from us, and the court will anticipate your timely arrival. Since Williamson and Travis county dockets are always very busy, your timely presence ensures that these tight schedules run smoothly.  If you're in a true emergency situation and can't make it to an appearance, please contact us—as soon as possible so that we can attempt to reschedule without your presence being required.

Can We Guarantee A Certain Outcome?

If you're planning to pay Russ--or any attorney--a considerable sum to represent you in a criminal matter, you may be wondering if we can guarantee a certain outcome.  While we will always work to provide you with the best defense possible, we can't promise that your case will be dismissed, or the charges dropped, or that you'll be found “not guilty”.  Any lawyer who promises you a certain outcome is not telling you the truth.

We can, however, guarantee the following:

  • We won't judge. You can feel safe sharing the details you think we'll need to know to best represent you.  We protect your information, and ensure that it's only used in your defense.
  • We'll be accessible. We'll return your phone calls; respond to emails, and be available to meet within a reasonable time frame. When you need us, we'll be there.
  • We'll respond to, and address, your concerns regarding fairness, legality, admissible evidence, and interrogations. We'll advise you concerning work and family issues arising from your case.
  • We'll be honest about elements of your case that work in your favor, as well as issues that may be problematic. We'll work to frame your case in a more positive light.
  • We'll discuss mitigating factors in your case, as well as activities you can engage in (drug/alcohol education courses, pre-trial diversion, education programs) to work towards a better outcome.
  • We'll move your case forward in the manner you agree is best—no matter how long it takes. You're in the driver's seat, and sometimes you really need and deserve a jury trial.  If you want it, you'll get your day in court.

Grievances

As of September 1, 1991, the State Bar Act requires all attorneys practicing law in Texas to notify their clients of the existence of the formal grievance process. The State Bar of Texas investigates and prosecutes professional misconduct committed by Texas attorneys. Although not every complaint against or dispute with a lawyer involves professional misconduct, the State Bar Office of General Counsel will provide me with information about how to file a complaint. If you have a complaint against any Texas lawyer you can call 1-800-932-1900. This is a toll free telephone call.

Second Opinions 

It's not uncommon for a client to feel some anxiety about the advice his or her attorney is giving during the stressful course of a criminal case. The high level of pressure that can be involved during the criminal process, the financial pressures, and the stress of living with uncertainty of what may happen in the future can unfortunately create a climate where it is difficult for a client to assess the quality of the advice he or she is receiving. And sometimes, a client simply loses trust in his or her attorney.  In the attorney-client relationship, the client is the ultimate "decider" in the case and always has the right to seek outside opinions to ensure that the advice from his lawyer helps to make the best possible decisions.  

Mr. Hunt regularly fields calls from clients of other attorneys who are seeking a second opinion, and will discuss with them whether he may consider a different strategy or whether the existing attorney's strategy is sound. Sometimes a client just needs to hear from more than one professional to help them know who to trust.  In the event that you consult Mr. Hunt to obtain a second opinion, that conversation is covered by the attorney-client privilege, and you get to decide whether your current lawyer is informed that you have been seeking second opinions.

Finding the Right Lawyer

Your choice of criminal defense attorney is an important one—sometimes the most important choice you'll ever make.  While one of your key considerations may be cost, other factors will determine the quality of your relationship with the lawyer you hire.  Will they return calls, texts or emails promptly? Will they listen to your concerns, and address each one to your satisfaction?  Have they handled many other cases like yours?  

Russ has an entire page devoted to helping you decide which attorney is the right one to handling your case.  Click THIS LINK to visit that page.

Former Client Referrals

We'd love to let you contact our many satisfied former clients and (sometimes) repeat customers, but their identities are protected by law. Please check out our testimonials page and our GOOGLE business site to read comments from former clients who can happily share their insight. It's been our privilege to serve each one of them.

Online Payments

If you use our online payment service, payments made through this website are handled through a third-party payment processor.  While we do not provide your credit card information to third parties, your card information is passed through a secure connection to our third-party provider, who may retain that information by law and according to the terms of their privacy policies or other agreements.

We retain website payment information in accordance with Federal and state laws. That information includes the name of the payor, and may include additional information such as the payor's address and telephone number. Again, we do not share this information unless required to do so by law.

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Statement, please contact us by telephone at (512) 930-0860 or submit your message in the form below.

Have a question about state or Federal criminal charges in Williamson or Travis Counties? Please submit your information in the form below, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that all information you submit is confidential and will not be shared with law enforcement or other third parties.

 

Website Privacy Policy

About Our Website

This website is hosted and operated by The Law Office of Russell D. Hunt, Jr., and this privacy policy applies to this website only.  We manage this website with concern for your privacy, and have set forth policies to protect your confidential information. In the paragraphs below, we detail the information we collect and how we protect it

As we continue to develop our website and online technologies, this policy may change.  Please review this page on a regular basis to note any changes to our website policies.

This Privacy Statement describes the types of personal information the Law Office of Russell D. Hunt, Jr. collects through the website located at (the “Site”), and how we use and protect that information. This Privacy Statement does not govern the collection of information through any other website.

Personal Information We Collect and How We Use It

We do not collect personal information through the Site unless you voluntarily provide this information to us. We accept personal information (names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses) from visitors who submit a contact request form. We also use this personal information to respond to your inquiries.

Tracking and Cookies

Our web server automatically recognizes and records certain information about visitors to the Site. This includes date and time of access, IP address, web browser type and version, and the address of the website from which you entered the Site. The web server does not record e-mail addresses. We use this information only to optimize and improve the content of the Site.

We use temporary, session-specific cookies to track website traffic. Cookies do not reveal or contain any identifying or personal data, cannot read any information on your computer, and cannot interact with other cookies on your hard drive. Unless you clear your browsing data, cookies will remain on your hard drive to identify returning visitors.

Information We Share

We do not sell, rent, or otherwise share personal information about visitors of the Site.

Information Security

We undertake reasonable security measures to protect the information collected through the Site. While we place a priority on the security of personally identifiable information, we cannot always guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us through the Site from your own computer.  Please reserve sensitive information for a telephone conference or in-person meeting.

Links to Other Websites

The Site may contain links to external websites for your convenience. We do not endorse these websites, and are not responsible for the content, accuracy or privacy practices of these third-party websites.

Updates to this Privacy Statement

We may change this Privacy Statement at any time without prior notice to you. We will post a notice on the home page of the Site to notify you of any significant changes to this Privacy Statement.

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Statement, please contact us by telephone at (512)-930-0860 or submit your message in the form below.

Have a question about state or Federal criminal charges in Williamson or Travis Counties? Please submit your information in the form below, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that all information you submit is confidential and will not be shared with law enforcement or other third parties.

You Are Not Alone

Criminal charges bring some of the toughest stress you'll ever deal with. In difficult times--and especially against the tough state and federal prosecutors in Williamson and Travis counties--you'll need an aggressive and determined advocate by your side. An accessible and dedicated ally, Russ tirelessly fights for your best possible outcome.

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