Ensuring you get the best legal advice is vital when fighting a criminal charge. The problem is that it’s hard to know if you are hiring the right criminal defense lawyer for you and your case.
You will likely want to get the process started quickly, so you can move on with your life, but rushing in and hiring the first attorney you come across or the cheapest one you can find could be detrimental in your case. Instead, you need to find an attorney who not only has experience with your type of case but is also upfront and honest with you and can explain what’s going on with your case and what your options are.
You may know what to look for in an attorney, but it’s also essential to know what to avoid when looking for an attorney. Today, we will be discussing the top six mistakes that people make when hiring a criminal defense lawyer.
#1. Hiring a Lawyer That Regularly Work in the Jurisdiction
While it’s technically true that a lawyer can practice anywhere in the state in which the lawyer is barred, a good lawyer knows that every jurisdiction has its own practices and rhythms. Each county has its own policies and personalities. An excellent lawyer knows the judges, prosecutors, and other players in the criminal legal system.
Look for a lawyer who has a lot of experience in the jurisdiction in which your case is charged. Be sure to ask them how many other cases they’ve handled in that jurisdiction in the past year.
#2. Using “Old School” Methods to Find a Lawyer
If you are thinking of choosing an attorney based on a TV ad, or one you may have seen on a billboard, you may want to think again. While these “old school” advertising methods have worked in the past, modern technology will enable you to perform more research on an attorney before you hire them.
Most reputable attorneys will have a website that provides information about their education, experience, and professional background. You can also use the internet to look for reviews and client testimonials that can help you get an idea of whether the lawyer would be a good fit for you.
#3. Hiring a Lawyer That Doesn’t Specialize in Criminal Defense
It’s essential that you choose a criminal defense attorney to defend your criminal case. Criminal defense laws are pretty complex and are constantly changing. You need representation from someone specializing in criminal defense, aware of updated laws, and understands how they may affect your case.
#4. Hiring an Inexperienced or Unqualified Lawyer
You can often find a lawyer who is new to the profession that will charge less than more seasoned attorneys. As tempting as it is to give the new guy a shot, that is a risk that you shouldn’t take. Not only do they not have the experience, but they also haven’t been in the profession long enough to build a professional relationship with judges and prosecutors.
Another thing you should always check on is the lawyer’s qualifications and certifications. To become board-certified, an attorney must complete several requirements and then complete continuing education courses to remain board-certified. By choosing a board-certified attorney, you are guaranteed to have an attorney who is well qualified to handle your case.
#5. Hiring a Lawyer Who Doesn’t Try Cases Regularly
Trial attorneys earn a lot of respect in the courthouse. They are not only knowledgeable about the law, but they are persuasive speakers. They think quickly, respond exceptionally to complex questions, and work very hard to defend their clients. The respect they have gained can help get you the best results in your case.
#6. Hiring a Lawyer That Isn’t Accessible
If you’ve been charged with a crime, you have a lot to lose if convicted. Therefore, being able to reach your attorney when you need them is essential.
If you find that your calls are not being returned quickly or that you cannot schedule an appointment in a reasonable amount of time, you will want to find someone who can be there for you when you need it.
Jeremy Widder Law is on Your Side
It’s no secret that life can get complicated, but navigating those tricky waters can be a lot easier with an attorney who you can trust. Don’t let legal troubles overwhelm you and make sure the attorney at your side is someone you can trust to defend what matters.
Here at Jeremy Widder Law, we dedicate our time to guiding you from start to finish and ensuring your case gets the attention it deserves. Our goal is to protect your rights and your future by fighting for the best outcome for your case.
We are committed to walking with you from start to finish and giving your unique case the attention it deserves.
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