Three Important Factors to Consider when Selecting Your Criminal Defense Lawyer
Choosing your criminal defense lawyer is an important decision. It may be one of the most important decisions you have ever made. I have been a criminal defense lawyer for 37 years. Based on my experience, I would suggest you consider the following three factors when choosing your defense lawyer:
Is the lawyer truly an experienced criminal defense lawyer & competent to handle your case? There are lots of civil lawyers who claim to be criminal defense lawyers, but they are not. Do not hire a civil lawyer to handle your criminal case. Hire the best criminal defense lawyer you can afford. It’s your liberty and you want the most competent, experienced criminal defense lawyer you can find protecting your freedom and your record.
Is the lawyer someone who communicates with you in a way that you understand? One of the biggest complaints against lawyers is that they do not return phone calls. You want a lawyer who will communicate with you. Some lawyers with volume practices are good, but they are very difficult to reach. If your lawyer is difficult to reach, that will cause you considerable stress and frustration. My clients have all my contact information. I communicate with my clients, as needed, by phone, email and text. Our office policy is to respond to all client communications as promptly as possible. Good communication with your lawyer is key to your stress management and successful resolution of a criminal case.
Get a lawyer that is in your price range. Hiring a cheap lawyer is generally a waste of money as they will do nothing. Hiring a lawyer you cannot afford will not end well. Get a lawyer who sets a fee that you can pay.
I do not quote fees in the dark. Typically the client comes to see me and I interview them. After the initial interview, I decide first whether I will take their case. I do not take every case. Second, if I decide I will take a case, I quote a fee. Every case is different and fees take into account how much time will be involved, the difficulty of the case as well as my level of experience.