If you’re facing criminal charges, it’s wise to hire a defense attorney to help secure the most favorable outcome possible. This is a stressful time in your life so it is essential to hire a lawyer with knowledge and expertise with whom you feel comfortable. Not all lawyers practice with the same level of commitment to their clients, though, nor does every attorney have the knowledge or experience to take on your particular case. Fortunately, by asking a few strategic questions during the consultation, you’ll find the best lawyer to defend your rights and reputation.
What to Ask Your Potential Defense Attorney
1. Do You Have Trial Experience?
It’s not uncommon for defense attorneys to negotiate plea bargains on behalf of their clients before cases proceed to trial. However, since there’s no way to predict whether you’ll end up before a judge, it’s best to hire an attorney who’s both a skilled negotiator and experienced with trials. That way, if your case does go to court, you’ll have a knowledgeable legal ally by your side every step of the way.
2. Have You Resolved Cases Similar to Mine?
Criminal law is a broad practice area, so firms often limit their focus and fight just a few kinds of charges. Since each crime requires different defense strategies, it’s essential to hire someone who’s handled cases similar to yours.
3. Who Will Be Handling Most of My Casework?
At large firms, it’s not unusual for lawyers to hand off much of their casework to less experienced staff members like paralegals and associates. Smaller firms are more likely to have the consulting attorney handle the majority of the case. Attorneys are generally more knowledgeable and thorough than junior staff, so ensure your case gets the attention it deserves by asking if the consulting attorney will actually be the one gathering evidence, filing documents, and negotiating with the prosecutor.
For more than two decades, Randall A. Ortega Attorney at Law in Norwich, CT, has been helping clients in New London County fight criminal charges. This seasoned defense attorney knows precisely what’s at stake for his clients, and offers evening and weekend appointments for your convenience. To learn more about his practice, visit his website. Call (860) 889-6333 to schedule your free consultation.