Does The Law Office of Richard H.S. Sing accept installment payments?

For qualified clients we may agree to payment plans. However, we will typically require a down payment. To find out, it is best to meet with one of our attorneys to discuss your needs and capabilities.

Will The Law Office of Richard H.S. Sing take my case on a contingency fee basis?

No. The rules of professional ethics prohibits attorneys from accepting a contingency fee for criminal representation. Although The Law Office of Richard H.S. Sing does a select few personal injury cases for which contingency fees are allowed, this is not a payment option available in criminal cases, which is the bulk of our case load.

What forms of payment will The Law Office of Richard H.S. Sing accept?

We will accept payment in the form of cash, check, and debit or credit cards.

Will The Law Office of Richard H.S. Sing guarantee success in my representation?

It is unethical for any attorney to guarantee a specific outcome, due to the circumstances of the adversarial nature of criminal cases and the unpredictability of litigation and trials. Therefore, you should be wary of any attorney who guarantees something to you other than his best work. He is only trying to take your money. If an attorney is willing to breach this simple ethical rule, do you really want him representing you? The Law Office of Richard H.S. Sing makes no misleading guarantees, and pledges to you only that you will receive our best professional efforts to protect your rights and seek the best outcome possible.

Why should I pay for a lawyer when I might qualify for a free Public Defender?

Sometimes it’s a matter of getting what you pay for, but not always. Public Defenders are usually among some of the most experienced lawyers practicing in criminal courts when they get to the felony level. However, their case loads are so heavy that they cannot devote the amount of time and personal attention that you might want to have for preparing your case, much less getting to know you personally as a client. In addition, at the lower levels of offenses, e.g. DUIs, domestic violence offenses, and other misdemeanors, less experienced Public Defenders are in fact assigned. In contrast, Richard H.S. Sing has experience equal to or more than the highest level Public Defenders.

I have not been formally charged with a crime but the authorities are investigating me. Should I wait to hire The Law Office of Richard H.S. Sing

No. It is almost always best to have an attorney representing you during a criminal investigation. What happens during the investigation by law enforcement will certainly affect your position if and when criminal charges are formally brought. There are rights that you may not know you have. There may be evidentiary issues that a non-attorney will not know how to properly handle. There are lines of communication open to an attorney to speak with law enforcement and even to government lawyers that aren’t available to a criminal suspect that can be put to good use.

I don’t have a criminal case, but The Law Office of Richard H.S. Sing came highly recommended. What other sorts of cases do you handle?

On a select basis, The Law Office of Richard H.S. Sing also accepts the following categories of cases:

– Serious personal injury claims;
– Restraining Order petitions;
– Select civil litigation;
– WHAT ELSE??? Administrative actions, professional misconduct

My Lawyer never calls me back. What should I do?

At the The Law Office of Richard H.S. Sing, the policy is strict with regard to calling back clients and keeping them in the loop. If you feel that you may need a new lawyer, contact the firm to discuss your case and determine what to do. We understand that this is a confusing process and so we make it our goal to provide you with the answers you need to make the best decision.

What if I didn’t commit the crime?

This situation is difficult, as the prosecutor believes that you did commit the crime. There was enough evidence to arrest and charge you for the crime, and you will need to take action to fight for your defense. There have been many innocent individuals who have ended up in prison for a crime they did not commit. A strong criminal defense lawyer from The Law Office of Richard H.S. Sing must initiate the actions to defend you against false allegations.

How serious are felony accusations?

If you have been accused of a crime that is classified as a felony, the first step you should take is to contact a Hawaii criminal attorney. Not only does a felony make a permanent mark on your criminal record, but it leads to harsh punishments. Instead of time in jail, you could spend years in prison.