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Questions To Ask When Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney

Questions To Ask When Hiring A Criminal Defense AttorneyThe consultation is the best time to determine whether or not the criminal defense attorney you are meeting is the best fit for you.

Before you meet with the lawyer it is important to research their background. Most lawyers will have biographical information on their website, and you can also check local and national organizations to see if the attorney is a member. It is a good idea to verify credentials and membership to any organizations, and to go to the consultation with prepared questions.

Some Things You May Want To Ask

  • How much experience do you have with this type of case?
  • Do you specialize in any types of criminal defense?
  • In addition to you, who else will in your office will be working on my case? What is their level of experience? What percentage of the work on my case will they be doing?
  • Can you provide me with some references that will give me a better idea of how you work?
  • How are your fees structured?
  • Can you provide me with a copy of your retainer agreement to look over?

Once your questions have been fully answered it is important to discuss the facts of your case. The lawyer will then tell you how he or she would proceed, and you may want to ask if expert witnesses, private investigators, or other individuals will need to be consulted. If you feel comfortable doing so, discuss the financial stipulations and what to expect from the lawyer from a communication standpoint. You may want to consult multiple attorneys before deciding which one is best for you.

Remember, a good criminal defense attorney depends on your case, your preferences, and your ability to decide who is the right person to represent you.

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