Most people who are looking to hire a criminal defense attorney have never hired one before. This guide will give you the tools you need to make the most out of your free strategy session.
What Concerns Should I have going into a Free Consultation
Most people who have been charged with a crime have no idea what to look for in a criminal defense attorney. Additionally, they do not know what questions to ask or how to express what they need from their attorneys. Sometimes criminal defense attorneys will demand large up front fees that the client feels obligated to pay without knowing the strategy the attorney intends to use to obtain their goals.
What questions should I ask the lawyer?
Before going into your free consultation you should research the attorney you are seeing. You should find out what you can about the attorney and their background. You should bring questions to ask the attorney about their experience and you should ask not only about the kinds of cases they have handled but also whether they have practiced in front of the judge where your case is set. Feel free to ask about the recent results they have gotten. Good criminal defense attorneys will have a good deal experience negotiating results, taking cases to trial and getting cases dismissed. Ask for concrete examples of clients who are in similar situations to yours. While criminal defense attorney can almost never give out references (the most satisfied clients usually don't want people to know they've hired a criminal defense attorney) they can give scenarios of how they have resolved past cases.
How should I prepare for a free consultation?
To prepare for a free consultation you need to ask yourself some important questions: How will this arrest effect your career? Some people worry that they will lose a professional license or lose their job when their employer finds out about their arrest. Will the arrest effect your family? People accused of domestic violence crimes or other offenses may not be able to have contact with their children and they need a criminal defense attorney's help reunite with the people they love. Will it impact your freedom? Sometimes people are focused only on the possibility of spending time in prison and possibility of losing years of their life as a result of their arrest. A criminal accusation hits at the very core of who a person is, and you need to ask yourself what your goals are. A good criminal defense attorney will help you tailor your goals to what is possible. A good criminal defense attorney may also come up with solutions that you might not know existed, but no matter what he or she will listen carefully to your concerns.
We believe that the client is the most important factor in every representation. When you come in for a free consultation we will listen not only to your legal situation but also your personal situation. If you are charged with a crime you need a criminal defense attorney who get find out about your goals and tell you whether or not those goals can be achieved.
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