Making the decision as to which attorney will represent you and your interests when charged with a criminal offense is among the most important decisions that you will ever need to make. Because many people will live their entire lives without the need to contact an attorney, here are a few things to consider when looking for an attorney:
First, try to have as much information about your case as possible when you contact an attorney, since this will give the attorney a more complete picture of the immediate issues that need to be addressed. This isn’t always possible if you are calling on behalf of another person, but a good attorney will listen to the information that you do have and will provide the best advice possible based on that information.
Second, ask about the attorney’s qualifications. While the Rules of Professional Conduct won’t allow for an attorney to discuss things like “win-loss records,” a good attorney will still answer your questions about how long they have been in practice, whether they have ever handled your type of case, and how familiar they are with the county or courtroom where your case is being heard.
Third, make sure that the attorney can clearly explain the legal issues involved in your case. Your life, your future, and possibly your freedom hang in the balance when you are charged with a crime. While no attorney can be an expert on everything, a good attorney will still be able to clearly and intelligently discuss the major issues relevant to your case.
Fourth, remember that while the cost of representation is a factor in choosing a defense attorney, it should not be the only factor that you consider. With your freedom at stake, bargain hunting may not be in your best interests, and the cheapest option might not be the best option for your case. The best attorney for you is the attorney who answers your questions, takes the time to listen to you, makes you comfortable, and shows you that you can trust him.
We personally speak with every person who comes to our office looking for help. We believe that your case is important, and that you deserve an attorney who will listen to you and will take the time to answer your questions without making you feel foolish or ashamed.
When you hire us as your attorney, we will answer your questions in a timely manner, fight to safeguard your rights and get the best possible resolution to your case, and remember that you are a person who made a mistake and needs advice on how to make things right. This is the same promise we make to all of our clients, and we look forward to the opportunity to fight on your behalf.