It’s the dreaded call that no man wants to make: seeking out a criminal lawyer.
While Netflix and the press may have skewed our perception as to exactly how and why we may need to seek council, the stress & pressure of this phone call are real.
Indeed, if you are in a situation where you need to hire a lawyer, you most likely have a lot on your plate, and finding a lawyer – especially the right lawyer – is not always a simple task.
For one, not every lawyer is capable of handling every case. There are many considerations to make when choosing your lawyer, the first of which being their specializations. If you have been charged with a crime, you will need to hire a criminal lawyer, as opposed to an injury lawyer, civil lawyer, family lawyer, etc. – knowing this is the first step.
To help you get through the rest of the steps and give you your best chance at winning your case, we have highlighted some of the best tips for how to look for a criminal lawyer. You lawyer is, after all, essential to your victory.
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First things first: you need to check out your options. In order to choose the best option, you need to compare all that’s available to you. The best ways to do this are to do some research online, collect referrals from family, friends, or colleagues, or even speak to a lawyer you may already know.
Of course, you will have do go deeper than just trusting the word of one person, so once you have a few potential lawyers picked out, you will need to narrow it down by comparing their experience, success rates, reputations, fees, etc.
To help you better understand your options and make the most informed choice possible, we’ve put together the following list of tips for you to take into consideration when comparing your options and choosing your lawyer.
- Specialization is key – a General Practice Lawyer may be technically qualified for your case but they probably won’t be your best option. Choose a lawyer specifically trained and experienced with criminal cases.
- Choose a lawyer who is passionate – a lawyer who simply sees you as another case on the job will not do their best for you. You want a lawyer who shows interest in you and your case and who will fight for you.
- Trust your feelings – if the lawyer you are seeing makes you feel uncomfortable, pressured, or unconfident in how the case will unfold, don’t be afraid to choose someone else.
- Confidence over arrogance – there is no way that your lawyer can possibly guarantee you a certain outcome. Choose a lawyer who you can see is building a strong case through facts and evidence, rather than one who makes empty promises of victory with little to back them up.
As you can see gentlemen, there is more to choosing a lawyer than simply calling the number you saw on the commercial earlier.
Especially during a criminal case, the lawyer that you choose can be the make or break for the outcome. Use these tips to ensure that you make the best decision possible for you and your case, and give yourself the best chance at success.