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F A Q

Do I actually need a lawyer?

Yes, in most cases. If you have been charged with a crime or are under investigation, you either need a lawyer or one may be appointed by the State of Hawaii. You can proceed pro se, but it is not an advisable course. We will answer your initial questions without obligation and without charge so that you can make that decision. However, generally speaking, many cases involve difficult legal and factual issues which can best be sorted out by an attorney who is trained in handling legal matters. You should choose wisely and carefully and must be completely comfortable with your decision. When the case is over, you will have to live with the result forever. If you have any doubt about the attorney you are selecting, you should continue to look. To ensure that justice prevails in your case, experience, commitment, and sincerity are qualities that should weigh heavily in your decision on who will defend you best. This is the promise I make to you: when you contact my office, you will get the attorney who is right for you and who will handle your case in the manner you expect and deserve. John Schum has dedicated his practice to defending persons charged with crimes and will work hard for you.

Does your firm offer an initial consultation?

Absolutely. Here at The Law Office of John Schum, we will be happy to discuss your case with you. There is never a charge for consultation. Call us at (808) 235-3363, and an attorney will be sure to get back with you within 24 hours.

How can you help me? What will your firm do?

If we accept your case, all of our professional resources will be directed to resolving the unique issues involved in your particular case and in obtaining the best possible outcome. We are tough, aggressive legal counsel. If trial becomes necessary, rest assured that you, as our client, will be well prepared.

What if my case is not on Oahu?

If your case is a Hawaii case, but on another island, John is able to travel to any required hearings to ensure you are represented properly.

If your case is in a civilian court in another state, you will need to contact an attorney in your state to handle your situation.

If your case is a military case, John will travel to the location where your court hearing will occur - any military installation throughout the U.S. or overseas.

What do your services cost?

We have various payment methods available to retain our services. The first of which is a flat fee agreement. We decide this fee on a case-by-case basis with due consideration given to the time and complexity involved, as well as the lawyer who will be handling the file. Other cases are operated on an hourly rate. We can discuss which would be the most effective approach given your case at your consultation. It is important to note, if your only consideration is finding the least expensive attorney, you may be sacrificing the quality of representation you receive. Rather than seeking volume, we pride ourselves on our thorough work and prefer giving a high-quality service. With that said, our mission is to help people, so we also aim to be affordable for our local community.

What are your office hours?

Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, we recognize that at times, our clients may be in need of emergency assistance. In those situations, a person may need to meet with an attorney from our office after normal office hours. We recognize this fact and are more than amenable to coming to a prospective client’s place of business or a public place agreeable to both us and them. When you contact us, we can discuss what time and place works best.

Is it possible to not go to trial?

Yes. A good portion of our cases are settled before trial. Quite often negotiations make it clear to the prosecutor that if they proceed to trial, a jury of your peers could very well return a verdict in your favor, thereby wasting both time and money. We will discuss all possibilities and the best outcome for your case throughout each stage of the proceeding. In the end, decisions to plead or fight are your call, and we are here to defend and support you.

Contact our office for a free consultation, and we'll discuss your options in a low-pressure and confidential environment.

- John Schum, Honolulu Criminal Defense Attorney

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