5 Tips for Finding the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer
Figure out if you need a lawyer.
If you are facing a criminal charge, no matter how insignificant you believe it may be, you should always seek legal advice. Seeking legal advice doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to hire an attorney, but you may need help understanding the charges against you. Most law firms offer free consultations, so ask away while you can. During this consultation, the attorney should explain your charges and how things progress through the court system in a criminal case.
Do you know what a defense attorney is supposed to do?
Criminal defense lawyers represent those who have been arrested on criminal charges. Defense attorneys investigate your case and interview witnesses; research case law and statutes which may be applicable to your defense; build a defense and develop a case strategy for you; negotiate with the prosecution; draft, file and argue motions; and advocate for you if your case goes to trial.
Look for a specialized criminal defense attorney in your area.
Most criminal defense attorneys handle routine defense cases, but some specialize in a certain area of practice. Some specialize in DUI, others focus on violent crime defense, etc. Do your research! Searching “criminal defense attorney near me” on Google will provide you many choices. Visit the websites listed to see which lawyers specialize in what you’ve been arrested for.
Be picky and choose qualities important to you.
Don’t choose your defense attorney based purely on what you read online. Call the firm, and take advantage of a free consultation (if offered). It is important that you feel all your questions are answered and the attorney is qualified to skillfully represent you. Do they have good communication skills? What does their track record look like? Are they reputable? Ask yourself these questions when talking or meeting with different firms so that you are comfortable with who you choose.
Who else is representing you?
During your consultation, ask the attorney about the rest of the staff. If your attorney has a scheduling conflict or gets sick, who might you expect to stand next to you in the courtroom? What about support staff? Who can you contact about routine matters such as scheduling?
At Dale Carson Law we offer a free consultation for every criminal case. We know that an arrest is very scary, and the uncertainty of how this arrest may affect your immediate future and long term makes it even worse. We will provide you and your family members with answers to your questions, including what we, as lawyers specializing in criminal defense, will do to help you. We have a team of four lawyers, each with his own specialty area, and they routinely discuss their cases with each other, gaining different perspectives and different opinions to provide you the most effective representation possible. We also have a support staff trained in providing quick assistance in matters not requiring legal expertise.