If you know a friend that needs a criminal defense lawyer, you have to act immediately because time is of the essence. When looking, choose a well-experienced and highly qualified defense lawyer. A lawyer can provide your friend with the necessary support and will guide you through the preliminary stages of the case.
At the end of the day, who you choose to represent your friend can have a profound effect on his/her life. With that in mind, here are the important considerations when choosing a criminal defense lawyer:
In what way can a defense lawyer help?
Remember that any criminal charge even if you think it is a minor infraction, is a serious matter. Any individual facing criminal charge has the possibility of receiving major consequences like jail time.
The first thing a lawyer will do is meet with your friend in person and explain the following things: severity of the charges filed against you, the legal approach and the plea arrangement. The lawyer will also go through the police reports and other case materials. More importantly, the lawyer will listen to your side of the story and personally communicate to the witnesses on your behalf.
What to look for in a lawyer?
Criminal defense lawyers handle different charges from a felony to drug cases, assault, driving under the influence, misdemeanor and the like. These charges may be filed in Municipal, District or State.
When looking for a lawyer, you should focus on finding the expertise of the lawyer and the skill level. The good news is that our team of former federal prosecutors and lawyers are ready to defend you. Lawyers who served as prosecutors can give you many insights based on their experience, which can give you a huge advantage. More importantly, do not hesitate to ask questions if you are in doubt.
How much does it cost?
The cost will depend on many factors but generally, it will cost more based on the lawyer’s experience and reputation. Essentially, the track record will speak for itself. There are many firms who understand the dilemma of securing payment that is why they have this payment plan so you can pay off the fees according to your capacity. There are other firms that require upfront payment fee before even starting the case. For this reason, you have to consult with different lawyers and find someone that you feel comfortable representing your friend.
A lawyer will surely secure the best possible outcome. A criminal charge is not easy to deal with but patience is important.