What to Look for in an Arizona Criminal Lawyer

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What To Look For In An Attorney

Being charged with a criminal offense often means the government is attempting to incarcerate you. When your liberty is at stake, the right attorney can be a critically important decision. Look for an attorney who will represent you exactly the same way they would want to be represented themselves. Your attorney should promise to be honest with you, to keep you informed of the circumstances and progress of your case, to be available to you for consultation, to explain your case to you without legalese, to promptly return your telephone calls and e-mails, to render well-reasoned and straight forward advice, and to aggressively represent you. They should strive to be creative and to think outside the box at all times. In short, your attorney should relentlessly pursue and employ all ethical means to secure the best possible results for you.

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You Need An Aggressive Attorney

Your attorney should not be a timid or passive attorney who seek to immediately "cut deals" with the state. In those cases where a plea is appropriate, your attorney should aggressively work to secure the absolute best plea offer possible. Some cases warrant a jury trial. In those cases your attorney should not be a stranger to the courtroom. If your desire is a trial, they should present your case in the best possible light to secure a Not Guilty verdict.

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Experience Matters

Your Attorney should be experienced in both state and federal matters. Your attorney should be able to represent clients in matters as serious as first degree capital murder and sexual assault, as well as represent clients on drug related, aggravated assault and other felony charges. They should not agree to accept your case if they cannot devote the appropriate time to you and your case.

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