6 Important Things You Should Remember When Choosing A Criminal Defense Attorney

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Regardless of whether you have dipped your toe across the line, or are innocent facing baseless charges – it’s going to be scary. The idea of going to prison will leave your nerves in shambles and set your teeth on edge. Which is why the lawyer you choose to defend you can be a life-altering decision, quite literally.

The question is, “How can I find a defense lawyer I can trust to help me out of a sticky situation.”

This is not an episode of Suits, with your favorite attorney on record. Finding the right attorney will make or break your case.

We understand just how stressful this part of your life can be, which is why we decided to list several critical elements that you should be on the lookout for when searching for a defense lawyer.

What Type Of Defense Attorney Do You Need?

The first, and probably most important thing is to figure out what type of defense lawyer you need. Law is a tricky subject with multiple branches and sub-branches. Finding a lawyer with experience fighting for you will make all the difference.

If you are being taken to court for breaking a state law, which could be anything from traffic violations to robberies, and family disputes – you want to find yourself a state lawyer.

On the other hand, if you are facing charges that claim you violated the US Constitution, then you will need to find a federal lawyer. These lawyers help individuals who have filed for bankruptcy – and copyright or patented cases.

What If I Can’t Afford A Defense Lawyer?

Lawyers do not come cheap

Lawyers do not come cheap. Especially in the states. Which is probably one of the reasons why almost 5% of all convictions are innocent souls. Don’t worry – there is still help.

If you need a lawyer but you are unable to hire a private contractor, you will need to look at getting a public defender, which is an entirely different can of worms. The biggest problem with public defenders is that they are swamped with work.

Consequently, they will not be able to give you as much time as you may need to handle the dispute.

Don’t Forget To Take A Look At The Number Of Ongoing Cases That The Lawyer Has

There is a fine line between a quiet season and a lack of experience.

What do we mean?

Think about it this way. If your car broke down, would you rather take it to the mechanic that has a good reputation, and dozens of happy customers per day, or a mechanic that never has customers, nor a reputation?

We are sure the former sounds more ideal.

The same principle needs to be applied when you are on the search for a reliable defense attorney. Of course, at the same time – it is important to ensure that the defense attorney is not to busy. As this may lead to them having insufficient time to give your case the attention it needs.

Something no one wrongly convicted wants to happen.

Do You And Your Lawyer Have Each Others Backs?

You know the old saying “Beggars can’t be choosers?”

Well, with lawyers it’s a different matter. Remember, your lawyer is going to become your best friend in your time in need. You will need to be 100% honest with each other, and open up like never before.

That is why it is important to find a lawyer that genuinely cares about your situation, and

understands the predicament that you are in. Here are some good questions to ask your lawyer right off the bat.

Sharing common interests, or similar personalities will help you and your lawyer work together, which will directly impact the time it takes to get your case resolved (the majority of the time.)

Does The Attorney Have A Winning Streak?

Studying to be a lawyer, and actually making an impact on the jury in court are two different matters. That is why it is important not to let yourself be bamboozled by lawyer jargon. It is good practice to take a look at the track-record of the attorney in question.

How many cases have they lost? For the cases lost, why?

Oftentimes less-than-adequate lawyers will try to sell you on how many court cases they have litigated. Remember, there is a big difference between litigated and won.

How Large Is The Attorney’s Net

You may have heard this saying, “It’s not what you know in life. But rather who you know.”

Well, when it comes to those who practice law, this may as well be their motto. Unlike the cutthroat lawyer shows, in real life – lawyers understand how valuable they can be to one another, and are always willing to help their colleagues out.

A fresh pair of expert eyes on your case can make all the difference. That is why it is important to find out if your attorney in question has a large network. The network will also say a lot about the attorney in question from peer reviews to the backgrounds of those who he/she associates themselves with.

Take these tips into consideration when you or a family member are hiring a criminal defense lawyer. You want to make sure you can trust this person, they have your back, and they’re willing to fight for you until the end. This job is for someone tough and motivated. Don’t give up until you find the perfect person to defend you.

A post by Pankaj Sharma (6 Posts)

Pankaj Sharma is author at LeraBlog. The author's views are entirely his/her own and may not reflect the views and opinions of LeraBlog staff.

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