Time might not be on your side when facing criminal charges, but you still want to hire the best lawyer you can find.
There are a lot of options when it comes to criminal defense attorneys. It is a good idea to shop around and interview a few firms you are interested in before choosing your legal representative. But how do you know which lawyer is right for your case? These are some questions you might want to ask before hiring a defense attorney.
Ask About Their Background & Experience
You want a lawyer that has experience handling cases similar to yours. Ask:
- How long have you been practicing law?
- What professional organizations or bar associations do you belong to?
- What areas of law do you practice?
- How would you describe your relationship with the prosecutor’s office?
- Do you like to take cases to trial or work out plea agreements?
- Can you appear in court on my behalf?
Have Them Assess Your Case
You can an attorney to explain, in detail, how they will handle your case.
- What are the consequences of pleading guilty?
- Can I agree to a lesser charge?
- Do you think we should go to trial?
- What facts in my case work in my favor?
- What facts work against me?
- What do you think the best strategy is for my particular case?
- What should I expect during this whole process?
Preparing for Your Consultation
It can be helpful to spend time preparing for your consultation. Some attorneys will streamline the process by offering a questionnaire before the meeting.
You can also bring several items that might help the attorney assess your case, including:
- Any and all documents you received from the court displaying charges and next appearance dates;
- Bail papers;
- Police search documents; and
- A copy of any police reports, if possible.
It can also be helpful to provide a list of witnesses, victims, and other defendants. This way the attorney can make sure he or she has never represented any of the other parties involved.
Legal fees will likely be on your mind when shopping around for a criminal defense attorney. Just remember that you get what you pay for; a cut-rate attorney will deliver bare minimum services. It is important to ask questions about fees with all attorneys, but rather than let money decide who you hire, it might be better to allow experience to speak for itself.
Berry Law Firm was founded in 1965 and has been protecting the Constitutional rights of Nebraskans for decades. We remain successful because we always strive to meet our clients’ goals.
Have more questions or concerns about finding the right criminal defense attorney for your case? Contact our Omaha criminal defense attorneysto get help today.