Hiring a competent lawyer is similar to finding an excellent doctor; you can use word of mouth or you can look at their background and legal experience. This guide will tell you what you should look for in a criminal defense lawyer.
Look at their background
The most important thing in finding a lawyer is not just what they have done, but whether you can see that the lawyer has done it well. Any lawyer can be hired to do a Murder, sex case, or DUI, but very few lawyers have received recognition for their work.
Has the lawyer been a leading lawyer in the community? For example, has the lawyer been the Chairperson of a Bar Association committee which generally only happens with lawyers known to other lawyers as being the best. Was the lawyer recognized by other lawyers as a leader in the law community. With doctors the best advice on a specialist comes from other doctors; the same applies to lawyers.
What other Jobs has your lawyer had
If you want a defense lawyer, look and see if he or she has been a prosecutor and what positions they achieved as a prosecutor. Was the lawyer promoted to a supervisor position.
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Check with your local Bar Association, or organizations such as Leading Lawyers, or AVVO.
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