General Questions

Do I really need a lawyer?

If my case is still under investigation and no charges have been filed against me, do I still need a lawyer?

Is it okay to speak with the police?

Do I need a criminal defense lawyer if I have been falsely accused?

Why hire a former prosecutor?

What kinds of cases does Walther Law handle?

Can you guarantee that we'll win?

What about your legal fees? How are they determined?

Do I really need a lawyer? If you have been arrested, questioned by the police, or are under police investigation, you will most likely need to find representation. An attorney will be able to answer all of your questions and provide you with the support you need when facing criminal charges. If you find yourself asking whether or not you need a lawyer, the best way to find out is to contact one! After an attorney has all of the facts and information regarding your particular case, they will be able to determine if legal representation is necessary.

Every case is different, but developing an effective legal strategy often means having a qualified criminal defense attorney who can conduct a thorough investigation a quickly as possible to discover all of the facts and circumstances surrounding your case. For a defense in depth – investigation, negotiation, and litigation – contact Attorney Mike Walther.
If my case is still under investigation and no charges have been filed against me, do I still need a lawyer? Having an experienced criminal defense attorney represent you during the police investigation, even before charges have been filed against you, is extremely important. A lawyer can help ensure that your rights are protected during the investigation, a time when police and investigators may try to take advantage of you if you are not well informed of your rights.

You also need an attorney to ensure that any evidence in your favor is investigated and preserved in the case. The investigation process is an important time for gathering evidence, and without a lawyer this will be difficult to do. In many cases, an experienced criminal defense attorney like Mike Walther can bring evidence to the attention of police and prosecutors before the charges are even filed, increasing your chances of not being charged. It’s a difficult feat to convince prosecutors to drop charges once they have been filed, so your best bet is to have an attorney proactively working on your behalf. RETURN TO QUESTIONS

Is it okay to speak with the police? You DO NOT want to speak with the police, or answer any questions they may direct towards you. Chances are they do not believe in your innocence and it is their goal to gather evidence against you in order to convict you. Their evidence gathering includes getting you to talk, and police investigators tend to ask questions that guide you into telling them what they want to hear. Some police and investigators may try to use deceptive tactics and lie to people who are under investigation. It is routine practice for police to get you to tell them “your side of the story.” You may feel that this is a good opportunity for you to explain what happened, but the reality is that they can use your statement against you in court. Your decision to speak with the police should not be taken lightly, and you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to advise you.RETURN TO QUESTIONS

Do I need a criminal defense lawyer if I have been falsely accused? We all like to believe that truth and justice prevails. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Every day people are found guilty of crimes they did not commit. You need to consider this harsh reality when trying to decide whether or not to hire a criminal defense attorney. The only way to ensure you are treated fairly within the court system is to seek qualified representation.
Why hire a former prosecutor? When you are entangled with the criminal justice system, you need to secure the best legal defense possible. There are two types of criminal defense attorneys, those who have worked as a former prosecuting attorney and those who have not. Naturally, an attorney with previous experience working for the "other side" of the law will have an intimate knowledge of how the prosecution thinks and acts, whereas an attorney, who has not worked as a former prosecutor, would not have access to the same level of knowledge or wisdom merely because they have not personally worked as a prosecutor themselves.

What sets Attorney Mike Walther apart from other criminal defense attorneys? He is a former prosecutor who knows the ins and the outs of the criminal justice system. He applies his extensive experience as a former prosecutor to his criminal defense cases because he knows how to maximize his experience to the full extent of the law. His well-rounded knowledge of both "sides of the fence" allows him to work his case from both angles. He understands what weaknesses to look for in a prosecutor's case and he can use those weaknesses to his client's advantage when negotiating or when in court.

When you are selecting an attorney to represent you in what may be the greatest challenge of your life, you're going to want to choose someone who had a successful career as a prosecuting attorney before entering the field of criminal defense. Knowledge is power and only an attorney with prior experience as a prosecutor will have a decided edge over the prosecution. When it's your future and your liberty that is at stake, you can't afford to choose someone who lacks experience working on both sides of the law.
What kinds of cases does Walther Law handle? Walther Law P.C. is a boutique legal practice specializing in criminal defense, military criminal and administrative law, and internal corporate investigations. Our main office is in Johnstown, PA, serving clients in Western Pennsylvania. We also maintain an office in Southeast Louisiana to serve clients in the Greater New Orleans area. Services for our military clients are available worldwide.
Can you guarantee that we'll win? Absolutely not! And any attorney that guarantees you a victory should be viewed with considerable skepticism. No attorney can ever guarantee victory because there are too many variables in any given case. What we do guarantee is that we will provide you aggressive and dedicated representation in pursuit of the most favorable outcome possible. RETURN TO QUESTIONS

What about your legal fees? How are they determined? Walther Law P.C. does not post its “rates” on line, as legal fees depend upon the complexity and circumstances of each individual case. Our rates are competitive and generally below the prevailing rates of practitioners with far less experience. We will work with you to ensure that you can afford the high quality legal services you deserve.


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Phone Johnstown: 814-254-4979
Phone New Orleans: 504-571-9215

FAX: 866-260-7252
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