You probably never thought that you would have to hire a Michigan criminal attorney in your lifetime, or at least you hoped you would never have to. Most of us never feel like we will be in that position, but things do happen, good people make mistakes, and the law can sometimes be wrong. If you have been charged with a crime, or fear that you may be, then hiring a Michigan criminal lawyer should be at the top of your list of things to do.
Being charged with a crime is serious business and it is not the time for you to go on a bargain hunt for the cheapest attorney you can find. It is far more important that you find one that has represented people in the exact same circumstance that you are in and have the results to show that they know what they are doing. If they do not have a track record of helping people get out of the charge, then you should be looking for another attorney.
Secondly, make sure that your criminal lawyer has experience with your type of case. You will be best served by finding a lawyer with plenty of experience in your type of case. So, if you have a DWI case coming up, find a lawyer with extensive DUI experience, not a lawyer who has a general practice or also handles family law cases and divorces.
When you, or someone on your behalf, is looking for a criminal lawyer, the price should not be at the foremost of your mind but it has to be a consideration. Saving money will do you no good if you end up spending years in jail because of it. It is always worth doing whatever you have to do to get your charges dropped, reduced, or to be found not guilty. Ultimately, you get what you pay for.
Unfortunately, unless you have unlimited finances the amount of the attorney fees has to be a consideration. Find a lawyer who uses a written fee agreement. Criminal lawyers, or any type of lawyer, who failed to use a written fee agreement is likely to take you for an unpleasant financial ride that will likely wind up in catastrophe (jail, prison, extended probation, etc…).
Whether you are charged with a probation violation, felony, misdemeanor or ordinance violation, make sure you find the right Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney and not just any lawyer.
If you want to make sure you have the best, select a lawyer or law firm with a lawyer who is rated 10.0 (supurb) by Avvo, a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters and AV (preeminent) by Martindale Hubble. If you can find a lawyer with all three of these designations, your search is over.