Information You May Need Before Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

For most people, hiring a criminal defense attorney can be a tough ordeal. Knowing that your fate may lie in the ability of a lawyer to defend your case can make it all the more confusing. Particularly if you’ve never needed a lawyer in the past, you may be unfamiliar with the ins and outs of the law practice.

To help you in your decision, make sure you are aware of the things listed below prior to hiring a criminal defense attorney:
  • Often times the most expensive lawyers are not the ones who charge the most, but they are the lawyers who do not get results for their clients.
  • The truth is that the majority of criminal lawyers either have never had a jury trial or have never competently represented a client at a jury trial.
  • While an attorney will likely not feel comfortable giving you names and phone numbers of former clients, they should be able to provide you with a list of jury trials they have represented their clients at and the results of the trial.
  • If you are charged with a crime that carries up to a life sentence you would need a lawyer that has a lot of experience, maybe even an experienced death penalty lawyer for grave crimes.
  • If you are charged with a serious criminal offense it would be advisable not to hire an attorney unless they are listed on  Martindale.com and Superlawyers.com.

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