When you or someone you know is charged with a crime, selecting the right lawyer to defend your case could be the most daunting part of the entire process. There are many factors that go into making sure that you have chosen the best possible defense for your case.
Here are some important things to consider throughout your decision process:
1.) Get a Criminal Defense Attorney, not just any Attorney.
Defense attorneys, whose practices are concentrated on criminal defense, have more than likely handled other cases like yours before, and can better advise you of your options and what necessary steps you should take. Do sufficient research, and be sure that your prospective lawyer is experienced in Criminal Defense.
2.) Get a Criminal Defense Attorney who concentrates their practice in the area of defense that pertains to you.
Many criminal defense attorneys focus on a particular area of criminal defense. Some specific areas of focus could be Rape Defense, Violent Crime Defense, or other areas of the criminal defense spectrum. Finding a Lawyer who is experienced in your area of need may be difficult. In any case, be sure to find an attorney who is willing to put in adequate time and effort to learn about your specific case to maximize your chances of a strong defense.
3.) Public Defenders are usually reserved for people who cant afford private attorneys.
Many Public Defenders lack the time and resources to work on your case, as they are the easiest defenders for the general public to obtain. Though this process may become pricey, try to avoid working with a public defender, and find yourself a skilled private criminal defender.
4.) Determine what qualities are important for your defender to have.
What kind of qualities are you looking for in your criminal defender? Are you looking for someone young who would be willing to work hard to make up for his or her lack of experience? Or someone who is well established and has already put in the time? It may be a good idea to make a list of characteristics that are important for your criminal defender to have. This will help narrow down your decision making process.
5.) Ask friends if they know or have experience with a Criminal Defense attorney.
If you have been charged with a crime that could cause you to have a criminal record, you need a defender that knows exactly what they’re doing. Often times, speaking with others who have been in your shoes will help you find a reliable defender, fit for your case.
6.) Make sure their background and credibility is legitimate.
Many times, lawyers will over hype their experience and past accomplishments in an effort to reel you in. Be sure to meet with any defender in person before making your final decision. This is an important time for you, and you want to make sure that the person defending you is reliable. The only way to be sure, is to talk to them in person.
7.) Discuss the facts of your case.
Upon hearing the specific details of your case, the defender should be able to tell you exactly how they will proceed to get the best results in your defense. He should discuss details such as your further communications, and any other services he believes you may need.
Being charged in a Criminal Case can be a difficult time for anyone to deal with. By choosing Petrus, you will be working with skilled professionals who strive to get you through your case with ease, and only the best possible representation. If you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal case, contact Petrus today!