10 Factors to Consider When Choosing an Attorney
Choose a CRIMINAL Law Specialist & an Attorney you TRUST1.Criminal law is highly specialized and very different from other areas of law. You need to select an attorney who is a criminal defense specialist, i.e., an attorney who's primary -if not exclusive practice- is dedicated to defending criminal cases. Don't hire a family or real estate lawyer. A knowledgeable civil attorney will refer you to a criminal lawyer. Hire an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in the law and practice of criminal defense.
2. Choose a lawyer you TRUST will fearlessly work as hard as possible to represent your best interests, and with whom you can work well with. Your attorney is going to be your champion. S/he is going to be your advocate and your voice to speak for you. Choose an attorney that you are comfortable communicating with because preparing a good defense requires an excellent attorney-client relationship and the attorney understanding your needs. Trust is important for you and your attorney to communicanicate and work well together.
Choose a HARD WORKING, EXPERIENCED Attorney, with a good REPUTATION & REASONABLE CASELOAD who can start immediately & BE CREATIVETo get the best result, an attorney needs to be experienced in your type of case - and more importantly, tenacious and determined! You must trust your attorney to be dedicated to you and your case to work as hard as necessary to get you the best result.
Look for an attorney who works in the Courts and is familiar with & highly respected by the local judges and prosecutors with whom s/he will be defending you / negotiating your sentence.
Ask your attorney how many active cases s/he is currently working on. Even the best attorney cannot do a great job if s/he is spread too thin dividing their attention between too many cases. Hire an attorney who will give your case their maximum personal attention and priority.
Do not delay. Time is not on your side. Actions need to be taken immediately to improve your odds at trial and sentencing. The sooner you get an attorney working on your case; the better off you will be, regardless of whether you are guilty or completely innocent.