How to Hire a Defense Attorney


Facing prosecution for a crime is a difficult prospect.  Not only is getting arrested an embarrassing situation, but the thought of facing prison time can be very frightening.  The effects it will have on your life will follow you and may affect your ability to get a job.  If you go to prison, you will be faced with leaving family and friends and possibly leaving dependents in a situation where they will be unable to support themselves.  If you are charged with a criminal offense you will need to hire a defense attorney in order to set your bail and get you free as well as to help prepare your defense.


The first thing an attorney will do is get bail set so you can be free while your case is established.  A defense attorney will do several things from there.  They will give you realistic, objective advice on the penalties you may be facing.  They will also let you know the types of pleas you may be able to get and the resulting consequences for taking those pleas.  You will then be able to weigh your options and make a decision as to how you wish to proceed, whether by taking a plea or going to trial.


In order to choose the best defense attorney for your case there are several things you should consider.  The attorney should be intimately familiar with the laws in your jurisdiction so they know the ins and outs of your case.  They should also be familiar with the prosecuting attorneys and judges who will be presiding over your case.  This will help you in forming the best strategy and knowing what types of arguments work and what does not.


An attorney should be familiar with the type of case you are faced with and have a proven success rate of defending against such crimes.  It is very important to disclose all aspects of your case to the attorney so there are no surprises from the prosecution if it comes down to a trial.  Disclosing everything regarding your situation will help the attorney to advise you on the proper steps to take and various options you may have so you can make an informed decision.


Look for defense attorneys in the phone book and on the Internet.  Looking on the Internet may be the best way to choose an attorney because you can research past cases and get a feel for the type of law in which they specialize.  After coming up with a short list of potential attorneys, consult with each one to get a feel for their personality and how well they work with you.  You want an attorney who will be communicative and who will work hard to give you the best possible defense.  Ensure that their case load is not such that they will be overloaded and not be able to spend enough time concentrating on your case.


Making a good choice in a defense attorney is very important to give you the best possible odds of reducing charges, getting a lighter sentence, making a beneficial plea bargain, or winning your case at trial.  Hire an attorney who has experience and a proven track record.  Ensure that you can communicate effectively with the attorney and that he or she is not too overloaded with cases so that a substantial amount of time can be spent on yours.


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