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Choose A Criminal Defense Law Practice

by Bernard Rice

The type of criminal defense that you have throughout preliminary court proceedings and a court hearing itself will have a bearing on what your case's final verdict will be.

Use the following tips to help you choose a criminal defense law practice that has knowledgeable and responsive attorneys available to assist, and that uses a fair pricing module. 

Knowledge And Responsiveness

A good criminal defense lawyer should know right off the bat what type of penalties you are facing, based solely upon the initial charges that have been filed against you. An actively practicing criminal defense attorney will be up to date with the laws and statutes that are mandated within the county where you have been charged. The first way to assess whether or not a particular law firm will be suited for your needs is by calling the firm and leaving your name and number with a receptionist.

If an attorney checks back with you quickly and has the availability to meet with you in person right away, this may mean that they are dedicated to their job and are eager to take on your case. During your initial phone call, let the criminal defense attorney know about your charges.

They may quickly respond with a basic protocol that can be used to reduce or eliminate charges. A lawyer who is well-versed in criminal law will convey their confidence to you. During an in-person consultation, you can further assess a criminal defense lawyer's ability to defend you in a court of law.

Fair Pricing

A criminal defense lawyer will likely require a retainer, prior to providing services to you. During your initial consultation, ask the lawyer for pricing information. Tell them that you will need a fairly accurate estimate of how much money you will be expected to pay. A criminal defense attorney may charge an hourly rate for any consultations or paperwork that they prepare on your behalf. If a lawyer will need to compile evidence that will prove your innocence, you may be charged an additional fee.

It is also fairly common to be charged a rate for any paperwork that will need to be filed with a local court. Get everything in writing, so that you are well aware of how much your legal defense will cost you. Some criminal cases move quickly, so knowing what types of funds you will need is imperative in maintaining your legal counsel.