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What to ask when Hiring (Interviewing) a Criminal Lawyer

When faced with criminal charges, you want to ensure that you hire a competent and aggressive lawyer who will represent you to the best of their abilities. When shopping for a lawyer, there are certain questions to be asked to ensure that you are hiring the most qualified professional to handle your case. Even though you need the lawyer for your criminal matter, consider this a job interview for the attorney because you want the best possible defense lawyer you can find.

What is Their Level of Experience?

Investigate your potential defense’s background. How long have they been practicing in this branch of law? Have they ever handled cases with the particulars of yours? Don’t just take their word for, utilize the internet to verify their history. Check out their website for any further information or possible reviews from former clients.

What Criminal Lawyer Will do the Work?

When debating whether or not to go with a well known legal office, make sure you verify who will be handling the details of your case. Some law offices sell cases to “off-counsel” (otherwise known as contract) attorneys. This means that the attorney you pay for is not actually a vested partner or associate of the law firm you hired.

Does the Lawyer Possess Proper Accreditation?

If you want the best defense you can possibly hire, you need to look for indicators of your prospective attorney’s competency. Are the firm and partners certified as criminal law specialists in their state jurisdiction? Looking for an AV rated firm is a great indicator of an excellent lawyer. The AV rating, awarded by the Martindale-Hubbel organization, is difficult to achieve and a sign of of prestige within the legal field. Ask if the named partner of the practice has been named as a “Top 100 Trial Attorney” by the American Association of Trial Lawyers. Without these qualifications, you can’t be sure of the level of defense you will receive in court.

How Will the Case be Managed?

Inquire as to how often the firm has cases heard by a jury, as well as their rate of wins with such cases. Demand the statistics concerning their 10-12 most recent cases,in order to substantiate their claims of success. Make sure your lawyer isn’t a “read & plead” sort of counselor, who will merely read your police report and enter a plea of guilty. When discussing jury trials, make sure you inquire about the cost as usually there are extra fees associated with jury trials.

The last thing you want when headed to trial is an incompetent and inattentive attorney. By knowing the right questions to ask, you can raise your chances of winning your case by hiring a fantastic lawyer.

If you have further questions about hiring a criminal lawyer in Arizona, please give us a call at (602) 307-0808 or send us an email by using our confidential web form. We offer free case consultations in our offices, and we’ll pay for your parking if you park under our building.

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