When you or a loved one is accused of a crime, you want to find the BEST criminal defense attorney you can afford. Here are the Do’s and Don’ts when looking for a criminal defense lawyer:
1. DO look for EXPERIENCE
I graduated in 2000 and have been practicing criminal law for over 15 years.
2. DO look for USEFUL experience
Ask how long the attorney has been a private defense lawyer. I started my career as a prosecutor, working for the state for 6 years. However, I also have almost ten years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer.
3. DON’T assume the oldest or most EXPENSIVE lawyer is the best for you
Do not necessarily assume that the oldest or most expensive attorney is the best choice for you. Very senior and exclusive lawyers are also more likely to delegate your case to younger lawyers or paralegals and staff.
4. DON’T hire the cheapest lawyer either
A bargain priced attorney probably doesn’t have many clients, or has little experience handling your type of case, or makes a profit by turning over large caseloads. Although price should not be the deciding factor, we certainly understand that it is an important consideration and offer flexible payment arrangements.
5. DON’T overlook REPUTATION and RATINGS
Martindale-Hubbell® is the premier lawyer rating service, which awarded me the AV Preeminent® Rating, the highest possible ranking. Avvo is another reputable lawyer directory, which gave me a 10.0 Superb Rating.
6. DO visit the OFFICE
Ask to see the lawyer’s office and note if there is a professional receptionist to welcome you, and a secretary or paralegal. I look forward to meeting you!