A Beginner's Guide to Criminal Lawyers: 4 Steps
We all make mistakes and sometimes we get away with it. Sometimes, the mistakes we make are bigger and if caught, it could be a life-changing moment. Many people make one mistake and are punished for it. A crime is committed for whatever reason (anger, revenge, greed) and though it's wrong, sometimes people are so desperate that they make bad decisions by not thinking straight. When this happens, you will need a very good criminal lawyer. Do not try to represent yourself. The best outcome will be with legal help. Here are some tips to finding a good criminal lawyer.
1. Make A List Of Potential Lawyers
Ask family and friends if they can recommend a criminal lawyer. Of course, you need to be comfortable with this, because you're basically opening up to everyone and telling them you committed a crime. It's still a good way of finding a criminal lawyer though. You can also search the Internet. Don't be overwhelmed by search results. Take a look at a few websites and see what relevant information you can glean from it.
2. Check The Lawyer's Credentials
Once you have a small list, check each lawyer's credentials. Remember, you're interested in a criminal lawyer only. If they specialize in it, then keep them in mind. If they handle other things, you may not want to use them. If they are a criminal lawyer, you want to make sure they have expertise in what you've been charged with. If you've been charged with assault, you don't want someone who is proficient in tax fraud. Do a search on their name. You will be able to find useful information on them.
3. Interview Them In Person
Once you've narrowed it down, it's time to meet them. You should be able to have one free consultation with them. Consider their cost, their confidence, their professionalism and even their personality. This will help you narrow it down even further or possibly, you may find your lawyer. Normally, you have something within you that says, "Go with this person", so trust this instinct. Hopefully, you've narrowed it down to two or three by now.
4. It's Decision Time
You probably have a good idea about who you want to hire, but you still need to consider a few more things. Do they respond within a reasonable time to your emails or phone calls? Are you confident in them and can you see yourself working with them? Are they willing to set up appointments to accommodate your work schedule? Once you feel that a lawyer has ticked all the right boxes for you, this is your lawyer.
Remember to ask many questions and be open and honest with them. This will help a lawyer come up with a best plan or strategy to help with your case.