What to Know and Ask When Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

When you hire a crim­i­nal defense attor­ney you are hir­ing some­one to fight for your free­dom. The deci­sion of who to hire should not be taken lightly. As such, there is infor­ma­tion that every­one should know prior to hir­ing a crim­i­nal defense attor­ney. Any crim­i­nal defense attor­ney who you are con­sid­er­ing hir­ing should be will­ing to give you answers to the below questions.

1. How many jury tri­als has the attor­ney handled?

While the vast major­ity of crim­i­nal cases set­tle with­out going to trial, you need to know that you have cho­sen an attor­ney who has the courage, abil­ity, and expe­ri­ence to take your case to trial. Many attor­neys push their clients to take a deal as they are not con­fi­dent in their abil­ity to go to jury trial. Not only can this deny you your Con­sti­tu­tional right to a jury of your peers, but it often results in a weak­ened posi­tion to nego­ti­ate with the pros­e­cu­tion. Pros­e­cu­tors know which attor­neys are not afraid to take cases to trial and nego­ti­ate dif­fer­ently based upon this knowledge.

2. Has the attor­ney han­dled your type of case?

Pri­vate crim­i­nal defense attor­neys are involved in only a few cases a year. As such, an attor­ney who never worked as a Pub­lic Defender likely may not have the expe­ri­ence nec­es­sary to han­dle your mat­ter. Attor­neys who have honed their skills as a Pub­lic Defender, before enter­ing pri­vate prac­tice, will be a stronger ally as they will have spent their time in the court­room on a daily bases.

3. How many crim­i­nal cases does the firm handle?

Many crim­i­nal defense attor­neys are a vol­ume prac­tice. Regard­less of the out­come of your case they get paid, as such tak­ing as many cases as pos­si­ble results in more money for the attor­ney. Look for a firm which restricts the num­ber of cases they accept. The fewer cases the firm accepts, the more time and effort they can spend on your case.

4. What is the attorney’s reputation?

Before hir­ing a crim­i­nal defense attor­ney ask other attor­neys, judges, and for­mer clients about their expe­ri­ences with the attor­ney. In addi­tion, before hir­ing an attor­ney, check to see whether they have had any dis­ci­pli­nary actions. Attor­neys who have a strong rep­u­ta­tion in the com­mu­nity have them for a rea­son. It is because they are com­mit­ted to their clients and go that extra mile to ensure that the best results.

5. How much will the attor­ney charge?

When you are charged with a crime and are look­ing at hav­ing the most basic of all Con­sti­tu­tional rights taken away, your free­dom, you need to hire the best crim­i­nal defense attor­ney for your case. While hir­ing an attor­ney because they charge the high­est fee is a fool­ish idea, hir­ing an attor­ney because they are the cheap­est is equally unad­vis­able. A low fee attor­ney can mean that the attor­ney is inex­pe­ri­enced or a high vol­ume provider. Select an attor­ney who has the expe­ri­ence and abil­ity to pro­vide you with the best crim­i­nal defense.

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