Criminal Defense FAQs
Some lawyers handle a great number of cases over the course of their career but all they do is capitulate to whatever the prosecutor is willing to offer. Some lawyers have handled a hundred cases and pled all of them out to whatever the prosecutor was willing to offer with virtually no fight. Find a lawyer who has tried cases involving charges you face to a jury, ask them if you may see motions and pleadings that the lawyer has written and filed and argued to the court.
You want to make sure the lawyer is well versed in the case law and in the facts surrounding the type of charge that you face. These are not decisions anyone should make quickly; that’s perhaps the most important piece of advice. People are naturally very nervous and very upset at the beginning of a criminal case when they are first arrested and when they post bond, but they seem to get a significant sense of relief when they hire a lawyer, they feel like they can hand the problem off to an expert and not have to worry about it.
Don’t let the desire for quick or short term sense of relief by handing your problem off to a lawyer get in the way of taking the time to make sure you’re handing your problem off to the right lawyer. Take your time, meet with lawyers at their office, don’t be content to simply interview lawyers over the phone, see where they practice, what their office looks like, see how they present themselves and how they answer your questions, including the terms, terminology and word choice they use. It’s a very important decision, and not one you should make quickly.[/mpaper
In some situations and some jurisdictions, the public defenders are simply so overworked that it’s a matter of time and availability, not knowledge and expertise. If that’s the case, you may have to do whatever it takes to hire private counsel who will have the time to spend with you on your case, to get the best outcome possible.
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