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There are thousands of criminal attorneys and law firms in the country that handle defense cases. Selecting the right attorney for your case can be an overwhelming decision that will affect the rest of your life. We have seen disastrous consequences when people selected the wrong lawyer for their case.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of deceptive claims made by law firms. Unlike other businesses, you don't get a second chance if you select the wrong attorney for your case. Whether you retain the services of our firm or another, we strongly urge you to do your homework before hiring an attorney. Here are some helpful guidelines.
When you call a law firm to discuss your case, make sure the person to whom you are speaking is a criminal attorney. If you are not speaking with an attorney, you are not getting legal advice. It is illegal for non-attorneys to dispense legal advice. Be wary of any firm that offers a free "consultation" and does not let you speak directly with an attorney.
Make sure you ask for the name of the person to whom you are speaking and ask if he/she is a criminal attorney. Remember that each attorney has a license number that you can use to check their record with their local bar association. Do not hesitate to ask for this number.
We are strong believers in team work. Attorneys are busy, and small law firms often juggle a heavy case load. The most successful results come from a group of people working together on investigation, trial preparation and client services. Here are some important considerations with team-based criminal defense.
Make sure you have a complete team that can work intensively on your case. The prosecution has a team. So should you.
It is common in criminal defense to charge a fixed fee up front for a case. Make sure these fees actually go to funding your defense and getting you the best possible result. Beware of these business practices:
One of the easiest things to do is check the credentials of your attorney with the state bar. Ask your attorney to provide you with a link to his or her profile on the state bar web site. Pay attention to complaints and disciplinary action!
Ask for real case results from your law firm. After all, isn't a successful result the reason you are hiring a lawyer in the first place? Lawyers with proven track records not only generate better results in court, their reputation helps keep cases out of court in the first place. Ask your criminal lawyer how many cases like yours they have handled.
Every criminal case is different. Make sure the law firm you hire has specific experience in cases like yours. Specialists are always a better bet than general practitioners. In the same way that you would not ask your family doctor to perform brain surgery, you would not want an attorney who dabbles in many different areas of law to handle your specific criminal case. In criminal defense, experience counts!
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