What is a Free Consultation?

By March 20, 2018 May 24th, 2019 blog post, Free Consultation

Many lawyers offer a free consultation while a potential client is considering which criminal defense lawyer they want to hire. Potential clients often wonder, “What is a free consultation?”  The free consultation gives the client an opportunity to meet the attorney and evaluate the attorney as a potential representative. The meeting also gives the lawyer a chance to determine if he or she can meaningfully provide the help the client needs.

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The Best Criminal Defense Lawyer Qualities to Look for in a Free Consultation

The free consultation is important from the client’s perspective because this is the one opportunity to meet a lawyer and judge whether he or she is capable of providing the legal help that is needed. The client wants to use the interview to make sure that a lawyer is the best choice to achieve an extraordinary outcome. Key considerations are:

Experience – does the lawyer have experience handling similar cases? You would only want to hire someone with experience handling similar criminal matters.

Specialization – does the lawyer only practice criminal defense or does he or she practice various areas of the law? You would only want to hire a lawyer whose practice is limited exclusively to criminal defense.

Reputation – does the lawyer have a good reputation established within the community and the court system? Reputations can be evaluated with an online search or by looking at a lawyer’s ratings with national ranking websites like Avvo, Martindale Hubbell, or SuperLawyers. Google is often a good source for reviews as well.

Professional – is the lawyer an established lawyer with adequate resources to handle your case? Make a point to see an attorney’s office and speak to his or her staff. A successful lawyer will have a professional work environment and adequate resources to defend your case.

Legal Team – is the lawyer a solo practitioner or is there a team of lawyers who will collaborate to defend you? The idea of collaboration is critical to a successful legal defense. Different lawyers have different experiences, thoughts, strategies, and connections. A good law firm will have many lawyers who cooperate with one another and defend clients as a team.

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What to expect from a Free Consultation?

The primary things you want to see in a free consultation are honest and genuine answers to your questions. You should be able to ask anything on your mind and you should expect a fair, honest and thoughtful answer. If a lawyer is impatient, contentious, arrogant or self-absorbed at the time of the consultation, things will only go downhill from there. The attorney should look you in your eyes, treat you with respect and compassion, be knowledgeable, demonstrate clear and unambiguous confidence in their work, and make you feel comfortable you are making the right choice.

What should you NOT expect from a Free Consultation?

Any lawyer that gives you a guarantee, promise or percentage chance of winning is being dishonest with you and such representations are unethical. A lawyer who is willing to make specific representations regarding the probability of an outcome or making guarantees is acting unethically to get your money. This type of attorney should be avoided at all cost.

You should also not expect free legal advice, free strategy or free answers to specific legal questions. A free consultation does not mean free legal work. The purpose of the free consultation is to evaluate the attorney as a potential legal representative. Does the attorney have the qualities you are looking for in a criminal defense lawyer? This is the nature of a free consultation.

A Free Consultation with a Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one is accused of committing a felony or misdemeanor in Michigan, you need the help of an experienced, successful and aggressive criminal defense lawyer. The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has an unparalleled track-record of successfully defending clients in state and federal court. Call us today at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will promptly contact you.

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