Q. “Can I get a break on fees, if I’m your facebook friend?” A. “I’m a Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer first ;) who just so happens to have a law office page on Facebook, but why not?!”

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Facebook: a help with your indictment?!

Only read this if you’re not offended by shameless self promotion – and if there’s a decent chance you’ll be indicted one day.

That’s right, bad boy/bad girl, if you’re indicted, you get a discount for being a friend on facebook! If you’re real nice, I may even extend this facebook reduction in fees to your loved ones. (By the way, is that why you befriended me on Facebook, because I’m a Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer? 🙂 Seriously, some of this bulletin/blog is an attempt at tongue and cheek humor, but it’s also deadly serious. Why would I do the lawyer gig for shorter money these days?

Simple: Most folks in this terrible economy want to have a payment plan and yet from my experience, what I don’t see in terms of fees in the beginning of a case, I tend to never see anyway; so, why not just make for a happy time (out of your otherwise miserable days awaiting prosecution … or healing from an accident?!) and go for the cheaper date – that’s right, it’s best to put the ugly subject of money behind us right away and make it a warmer attorney client relationship, instead of that cold and distant, debtor-creditor relationship. To date:

I have been blessed with wonderful results handling state and federal cases in Albany, Georgia, the Bronx, NYC, Statesville, North Carolina, Cleveland, Ohio, Fort Worth, Texas, Pittsburgh, PA, Boston, MA – and actually, all over the Commonwealth on Massachusetts, Orlando and Tampa, Florida – and again, all throughout the State of Florida, and I could go on and on.

Facebook affords us the opportunity to help one another in all parts of the country. At a minimum, our friendships on facebook make the world even smaller, a lot smaller, as we communicate with one another from far away distances almost daily as though we’re in the same town! So why not help one another in business and otherwise, especially when we need one another’s help in significant ways?

All this to say, if you or your friends and loved ones get arrested or indicted (or get hurt and need a personal injury lawyer – and not an ambulance chaser!), I have a fairly unique way of helping folks in other states too:

I have a willingness to fly to your area for a smaller fee – and assuming you front the flights and the room, I will find the *right* local lawyer for you on the ground, someone who has the right expertise to help me (to help you!), and yet someone who will not fleece you or your family on the fees. I frankly have a better ability, for obvious reasons, to find the best local lawyers at affordable and even reduced fees, out of deference, respect and professional courtesy to me, and not you. None of the local lawyers can get over on me, even if they tried – not to necessarily suggest that they would; but we’ve all heard the horror stories, and with me involved, that will NOT happen to you or your loved ones.

The expense to you? Relatively light fees to me (depending on the gravity of the involved case) and the expense for the flights and the hotel room, assuming I can interview the local lawyers on the ground in one day. I will also speak to the involved players on the case, the assigned prosecutors and detectives; or if it’s a personal injury or wrongful death case, to the involved doctors, medical examiner, accident scene investigators, opposing lawyers and insurance adjusters, etc. My fees would only increase commensurately, if you insisted that I remain on the case as co-counsel with the local lawyer who I retain on your behalf, which I also do on occasion. We have been doing famously well with the results in all these cases to date, thank God, so I’m up for continuing with this suggested approach even now.

Please feel free to call me at any time. May God continue to bless you and your family, always! A friend,



About the Author:

John M. Castellano is a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney who has helped thousands of clients throughout Florida. While building a reputation as a premiere Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney, Mr. Castellano has worked tirelessly to develop strategies to best protect the rights of those arrested for DUI in Broward, Dade and West Palm. However, Mr. Castellano is not just a drunk driving lawyer. He has been a successful domestic violence attorney, drug trafficking attorney, as well as all other Felony and Misdemeanor cases.

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