So, you’ve found yourself accused of a criminal offense. Not a great start, but that is the situation. You need to accept it and move on with the preparations.
The whole process should probably start with getting a criminal defense attorney. But there are so many of them out there. They can’t all be good. So, how do you pick the one that is good?
Well, even though there is no bullet-proof method, there are some indications that you are dealing with a professional rather than a hack. Here are some useful guidelines.
Specialists vs. Generalists
One of the clearer indications that an attorney is not the best option is if they practice more than one type of law. If the lawyer advertises as a criminal defense attorney, but also takes divorce or bankruptcy cases, chances are that they are in for it for the money, and not the devotion to their profession.
On the other hand, if a lawyer is focused on one branch of law – in this case criminal defense, they will probably be more focused and know a lot more about the subject. Naturally, that’s the kind of person you want in your corner.
Even More Specialized
Even if you limit yourself to the criminal law professionals, this branch of law is fairly broad – it ranges from something as potentially minor as driving offenses to more serious things like sex crimes and gun violence.
So, once again, you need to make a choice. How do you find an attorney who will be able to take your case and give you the best possible defense? It’s simple, really – look for an attorney who takes those kinds of cases. Such an attorney will likely have in-depth knowledge of the particular subset of laws that are pertinent to your case.
Another important thing that you really need to pay attention to is their education. If an attorney graduated from an anonymous school and did no subsequent learning, chances are that they are not particularly motivated or interested in the craft – well, except for the money they can earn.
On the other hand, a reputable college degree, as well as some seminars, news appearances, and general positive presence in the community are a strong sign of a good attorney.
Are They Any Good?
Now we come to the crux of the problem – how to tell if your chosen attorney is any good. Well, even though you cannot be completely sure about that, a good indication are their online reviews.
Whether we like it or not, we live in a world which is fast becoming more and more integrated. Everything is available on the internet and most things can be checked on the internet.
That includes businesses, which law firms certainly are. All of their former clients are welcome, and sometimes encouraged, to leave a review of their experience with the attorney.
And even though those reviews can be manipulated to some extent, you will be able to pick up on a trend – if a majority of reviews say that the attorney is invested in their case and that they know what they are doing, chances are that it is the case.
What If You’re Not Comfortable Trusting Online Reviews
Some people don’t trust those online reviews, since those can be managed and adjusted somewhat. Even though some changes are possible, an overwhelming majority of information found on Yelp and Google reviews is accurate.
However, if you have opted not to trust those, you have another option – simply ask people in your area, people you know and trust if they know someone who is qualified and devoted to their craft. Alternatively, you can research the topic yourself. Click here on useful resource to help you in your search.
Whatever you ultimately decide and whatever attorney you end up choosing, the only thing that is important is that you are satisfied with your choice and that you can return to your normal life once the ordeal is over.