How to choose the right criminal attorney

Once you have been charged with a crime you’re probably going to be facing one of the most stressful situations you have ever encountered in your life.  Unless you are a repeat offender, you will encounter a system that is imposing and unforgiving.  You will not understand much of the mechanisms of the court system and that will lead to a certain amount of intimidation and fear.

With all these factors in mind, it is imperative that you hire the best possible criminal defense attorney for your situation.  If you are not diligent in finding the right criminal defense attorney, a bad situation could become even worse.

Here are some things to consider as you begin the process of finding a good fit.

First, you will not want to hire a rookie fresh out of law school.  The best way to defend you is for a lawyer to apply years of experience gained in the legal system.  Armed with this knowledge they can make the best possible defense on your behalf and for your criminal situation.  The experience of defense counsel should and needs to match your particular case as closely as possible.  An attorney with 20 years of experience in white collar crimes is not going to be the best fit for someone facing drunk driving or aggravated assault charges.  Many lawyers are generalists, but many others also practice law in narrowly defined areas of the court system.

Next, find a lawyer who knows the court system where your case is pending.  Laws may be the same throughout a state, but personalities, particulars and preferences can often times influence the outcome of a case.  Use known tendencies to your advantage to give you the best possible chance of acquittal.

Finally, you must have some sort of positive chemistry with your attorney.  You will be forming a close knit team to try and win your case and that pretty much demands a certain level of trust in working together.  When interviewing possible attorneys, if you don’t sense that they are personable and sympathetic to your issues, it may be best to move on to someone else.

Dwane Cates Law Group proudly serves clients in Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, Scottsdale, Mesa and surrounding Arizona communities

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