When a loved one is arrested, you want to do everything you can to help. Most people will look for a criminal defense attorney, call one, and hire them immediately. While this may work out well in some cases, there’s always a chance that you don’t pick the right attorney.
Instead of hiring the first attorney you find, you should get the name of three or four attorneys. You should do a little online research to see if there are any complaints about them.
Check the attorney’s websites to learn about the experience and knowledge of criminal law. Their websites should also list information about the types of cases they’ve handled in the past. Since you want to hire an attorney who is successful at defending people who have been charged with a similar crime, this information is important.
Many attorneys will list their major victories on the website. While it’s nice to see a major win on the website, however, it’s more important to see a long history of wins, even if the cases are relatively small. Unless your loved one is convicted of a major crime, the size of the victory does not matter as much as the experience the attorney gained during the case.
Before you hire the attorney, you should take the time to speak to them, they should have as much information as possible about the case. The attorney will need to speak to your loved on. It’s important that both of you are able to speak openly with the attorney.
Because the attorney will be helping your loved one in a criminal matter, you need to feel comfortable that this person can provide them with excellent representation, since failure would mean imprisonment for our loved one. That’s why you need to take the time needed to select the right lawyer.