How to Select the Best Criminal Defense Attorney for Your Case
Choosing the very best criminal defense attorney when you are facing criminal charges—whether state or federal—is crucial to your freedom and your future. Not all lawyers are created equal, and finding the right attorney can make the difference in putting up the best defense. Finding the right lawyer for you can be daunting, especially when your mind is swirling with the criminal charges you are facing. It is an extremely important decision, however, so consider the following:
Is the attorney responsive? Time is of the essence in a criminal case. You need a criminal defense attorney who will hit the ground running and will not stop throughout your case. Deadlines must be met, motions must be made and answered, and requests for evidence must be made quickly. At Whalen Law Office, we will meet with you quickly, and we will always answer your calls or emails.
Some law firms practice in many different areas of law. At Whalen Law Office, we are criminal defense attorneys. Our entire focus is helping those facing criminal charges, whether state or federal.
Does the attorney have significant experience in local courts, state courts, federal courts, and appellate courts? This is often overlooked, but your attorney’s connections can make a big difference in the outcome of your charges. These connections and relationships mean your attorney knows how each court does things as well as how each judge does things in his or her courtroom. When your attorney has experience with each court, you are more likely to receive a fair trial.
Does the attorney have a solid reputation among their peers as well as with judges, court staff, and prior clients? If the answer is yes, you can rest easy, knowing you will receive the same thorough, skilled representation.
Is the attorney positive about taking your case? Some attorneys simply work harder than others. When you are looking at potentially severe penalties that will affect your life and that of your loved ones, you want an attorney who will conduct an exhaustive investigation, go to trial when it’s best for you to go to trial, and negotiate a plea offer only when it’s in your best interests.
Does the attorney have extensive courtroom experience—in both state and federal cases? In many cases, your criminal defense attorney has seconds to make an objection that could potentially impact the outcome of your charges. Having an attorney with significant courtroom experience gives you a clear advantage. Remember—your attorney speaks on your behalf, and what he or she says can determine the outcome of your trial.