If you find yourself accused of a crime, then obviously you need to hire the services of a criminal defense attorney. But not just any lawyer will do. You need to hire a good lawyer. In this article, we are going to walk you through the basics of what you should be looking for in a criminal defense lawyer.
First off, though, how do you find a lawyer? It’s very easy and is as simple as going to Google and searching for a “criminal defense attorney” and the name of your local area. If you live in Jacksonville, type “criminal defense attorney Jacksonville FL”.
Just like anything else, not all lawyers are created alike and there are others who are better, mainly because of the extensiveness of their experience. As you are searching for representation, make sure to find lawyers that have experience in the kind of case you are embroiled in. Criminal law is broad and it covers a wide variety of crimes, including financial crimes, assault, murder, burglary, among others.
Aside from experience, there is the matter of success rate. It’s one thing to be experienced in handling cases and it’s another thing to win them in court. Hopefully, you have the good sense to understand that it would be better for you to hire the more expensive lawyer if he has won practically all the cases he has handled. This is especially true when you consider that it’s your life and future on the line.
But of course, this does NOT mean you should settle for the first hotshot lawyer you find. Find other lawyers who have been at the job for many years and has a proven track record for proof that he’s good at what he is doing. Compare them with the first lawyer you found. You can easily make a comparison in a consultation meeting. That said, schedule a consultation meeting with at least three lawyers. Don’t worry because most law firms offer free consultation to new clients.
For people who have been arrested, it’s very tempting to hire a lawyer as quick as possible. For us, though, it’s a recipe for disaster because you are not understanding the risks you are taking by hiring a particular lawyer. Anyway, even if you are not embroiled in any case, it’s a good idea to have a criminal lawyer in your contact list just in case.