In a recent interview with NBC, I revealed how to find the best lawyer for a criminal case.
When asked to comment, I said, “Selecting a defense attorney to clear you of criminal charges is not a decision to be taken lightly. Here are some things to keep in mind before hiring the right legal representation for you.”
Finding a criminal attorney who has practiced in particular geographical area “could be a considerable advantage in your case.”
“Many people who don’t have extensive experience in the criminal system might not realize that policies and procedures differ from one courthouse to another, which is why it’s crucial to find a local attorney that often goes to trial where your case is pending,” I added.
When asked for an example, I stated, “Working regularly in the same county allows for defense attorneys to predict how a prosecutor will plea or argue a case so that they can devise a strategy accordingly for their client.”
In addition to this, I added, defense attorneys who regularly work at a particular location can make use of their contacts in law enforcement and the justice system to build the best defense possible.
When looking to hire a criminal attorney, I said, “narrow your search to find someone who often handles similar cases to yours.”
“The world of the criminal justice system is vast, meaning that one criminal defense lawyer might have expertise in drug offenses while another might specialize in white collar crime such as embezzlement,” I said.
One of the best ways to vet a potential attorney is through asking a series of questions such as how many people they’ve represented for the same crime, what percentage of cases their firm currently handles that is similar to the case in question, and how often they go to trial in the same courtroom where a case is pending.
Communication is a crucial characteristic to look for in finding the right representation.
When asked to comment, I said, “Clear and open communication is one of the most important factors in the attorney-client relationship. A seasoned attorney should be able to clearly explain to you all aspects of your case and be available for communication during the case.”