TIPS ON HIRING THE BEST CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY MONEY CAN BUY
In truth, the above title is just a phrase that lots of people use in the legal field. You really do not have to spend thousands of dollars to find the best lawyer for your criminal defense case. All you have to be is smart enough to know what to look for. Your choice of lawyer will either make or break your case. So making sure you hire the right person is quite crucial. Below I have some helpful suggestions on how to find the best lawyer to handle your case.
PASSION IS KEY HERE
It’s not enough to have a lawyer that is doing it just for the money. In fact, money should be the last thing on this person’s mind. Your lawyer needs to have passion inside of them. Your lawyer needs to be able to not only listen to your story, but he/she needs to actually hear what you are saying. There is a big difference between hearing and listening.
Your lawyer needs to fight for you and your cause. There needs to be an actual interest there. If there is not, you are just wasting your time and money. If you find a lawyer that is more interested in what he/she will get out of it, you might as well look for someone else now.
You need to hire someone who has done criminal defense before. Years of experience count too. It has to be years of experience in your case field. Here’s a for instance. Never hire a tax attorney to handle a murder case or a case involving some sort of car accident. This person only knows about tax laws. This is what he/she went to school for. You will be wasting your time getting them to understand what you need.
Stick with someone who has worked in the specialty cases and knows their stuff.
NEVER FEEL PRESSURED TO DO ANYTHING
I am going to be honest here. Some lawyers will make you feel uncomfortable. Some lawyers will pressure you into doing things the way they want them done. Do not hire someone like this.
Your lawyer is supposed to be there to advice and help, not make the choice. It’s your case. You have the right to make your own choices. Your lawyer is just there to help guide you through the proceedings. Trust your gut. If you feel it’s not going to work out, than it probably will not work out.
ASK TO MEET THE STAFF
Your lawyer is not the only one involved. Your case will come with paralegals and other staff of this nature. Ask to meet them. Ask to meet everyone involved. It’s your case. You have the right to meet everyone involved. It’s also up to you to say you don’t feel comfortable with someone. In addition, the use of law practice management software helps with the smooth flow of storage and retrieval of your case information.
Speak up. If you do not like someone specific, let your lawyer know. If your lawyer is not finding this acceptable, than you need to find a new lawyer.
THE EGO SHOULD BE CHECKED AT THE DOOR
This goes for both you. Your lawyer needs to have confidence, not arrogance. There is a big difference here. Your lawyer should build a case through solid work and determination, not by putting little “outcomes” in your ear. A good lawyer won’t be able to guarantee the outcome for anything.
If you lawyer is feeding you with lies about “everything will be good”, you need to find someone new.
THE CARPET SHOULD MATCH THE DRAPES
References are a must. If a lawyer is as good as they say they are, their references should be able to back it all up. You aren’t going to find a layer who is 100%, but you need to find a lawyer whose good outweighs the bad.
SOME FINAL THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
Is your lawyer going to take the time to explain everything to you? Is your lawyer going to understand your story and needs?
Ask about the fees. You are going to find other candidates who might be offering higher or lower fees. These candidates are going to be just as qualified. Find out why this is. Ask why their rates are different than say the guy down the street. Your lawyer should be able to give you a decent answer. If not, you need to find someone new now.
It’s also a good idea to hire someone “not” afraid to go into court. Some cases might not require courtroom time. In fact, a good majority of cases do not see the light of day. The courtroom is reserved for those cases classified as “extreme and necessary.” Still, you need to hire someone is not afraid to take that next step. You also need someone who has been in the court before, and not just in theory.
Now this might get expensive, but you will be glad you did later. When you add up the court costs with all the money you waste on a lawyer who is not exactly qualified, you will see there is a big difference.
SUMMING IT ALL UP
Going to court over a criminal case is much different than fighting a traffic ticket. There is more at stake. When you fight a traffic ticket, you pay the fine and move on with your life. When you are in court over murder, your life might never be the same or carry on.
This is why you need to hire someone who is going to look out for you and your interests. You need someone who is going to listen to you, not ignore you. Please choose responsibly. It’s your life that is one the line. Your choice of lawyer will either make or break you.