I am dealing with a criminal charge in PA and live in another state. I want to know if the scenario my attorney is bringing to me saying it is the best possiblke deal really is the best I can do. Since our contact has been complicated by the fact that we are in different locations, I am concerned. Maybe this is the best I can do, but I would like to have this confirmed, if possible.
You won't get a second opinion online. If you do not trust your attorney, you're free to fire him/her and hire a new one.
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You can always get a "second opinion". You need to contact an attorney who practices in the area of criminal law. Note that often time these attorneys tend to be more experienced in one geographic location, area of the law, or court system, Federal v. State, for example. Look for an experienced attorney. In this day and age , this can be done remotely, by phone or via Skype or FaceTime.
Yes, there is such a thing as a second opinion in the legal world. However, you will have to pay for such a consultation. Use the Avvo Find a Lawyer tool to seek an opinion of an experienced defense attorney. Best of luck.
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You are entitled to a "second opinion" if you are uncomfortable with proceeding forward on the current deal. I would suggest you discuss the matter in detail with your current lawyer and discuss the various options you have available and be sure all your questions are answered. Sometimes a detailed discussion with your lawyer is all you need to put you at ease. Your attorney cannot know your concerns and hesitations unless you explain and express them to your attorney. If you do this and still feel uncomfortable proceeding forward you always can seek a "second opinion".
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