Ten Qualities of A Great Criminal Defense Attorney

A criminal conviction can cause havoc in a person’s life. A criminal record can result in loss of employment, inability to advance in a career, loss of a professional license, damage to a reputation, and more. This is why you will want the best lawyer you can get.

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You need a top criminal attorney if you have been accused, arrested, or charged with a criminal offense. If you’re like most people, you want the best criminal defense you can get! It is in your best interest to hire a lawyer to keep you out of jail or get your case dismissed if possible. However, how do you know what makes a great criminal defense attorney? Below, you’ll find some attributes that great criminal defense attorneys have and why they are so important.

Top 10 Qualities of a Great Criminal Defense Attorney

#1 Education – A lawyer’s education is essential for several reasons. Each law school is not the same. Some are more difficult than others, and a few are very prestigious. While a prestigious law school degree may not ensure a lawyer’s effectiveness, quality legal education is vital. As crucial as law school is, only a lawyer who participates in continuing legal education, seminars, and conferences can know the latest criminal laws, trial techniques, and advanced negotiating skills.

#2 Experience – An experienced criminal attorney is a must. Some criminal attorneys do not have extensive trial experience, and some have only worked on specific types of cases. You never want to hire a lawyer who handles more than one kind of law. Only work with a criminal defense specialist. You want a lawyer who has extensive trial, plea bargaining, and negotiating experience if you plan to get the best possible result in your case. Anything less could cost you your freedom.

#3 Familiarity with the Local Court System – A lawyer familiar with the courts where you have been charged is essential. Each judge runs their courtroom differently, and some judges will get rather upset or uncooperative if a lawyer does not practice law in a manner that makes them comfortable. When a lawyer is familiar with these nuances and quirks, the entire process will go more smoothly and increase the client’s chances of getting an extraordinary result. Some lawyers claim that their “special relationships” with the judges will result in “favors” or “special deals.” These types of claims are unethical and a sign that the attorney is willing to be dishonest to sell their services to a potential new client.

#4 Time Management Skills – If your lawyer has dozens of active cases, they may not be able to devote as much time to your case as you need. One of the problems with many lawyers today is that they have too many clients and insufficient time. You see this all the time with court-appointed attorneys. Suppose a lawyer is extremely busy; this is a good sign that they are successful and in demand. A well-respected lawyer may receive a high volume of referrals. If a lawyer is more focused on the number of their clients, instead of the quality of the representation they provide, look for someone else.

#5 Adequate Resources – Believe it or not, many lawyers run their business from the trunk of their car, a temporary office, or space within another lawyer’s office. They don’t have their own office and will take any case that comes their way. Avoid these lawyers and choose one that provides a professional appearance that garners respect. A lawyer with a respected and prestigious law firm is likely one who has had long-term success in criminal defense and is probably an excellent attorney.

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#6 Customized Fees – Some criminal defense attorneys run their practices like restaurants. They pre-determine fees for different types of cases. “Cookie-cutter” legal fees indicate that a lawyer works in volume rather than quality. Take an OWI or a domestic violence case, for example. Person A is charged and wants to resolve his case with a plea, and Person B wants a trial. A lawyer charging everyone the same fee will likely manipulate Person B into a plea or provide substandard and rushed trial work. Every case is different, and a great criminal lawyer will take the time to meet with a client in person to determine an appropriate and fair legal fee to give them the best possible defense.

#7 Dynamic Personality – Some cases require a criminal defense lawyer who is a fire-breathing dragon. Other cases require an articulate, confident attorney and persuasive negotiator. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to tell which type of attorney will be needed as a case develops and travels through the court system. Many cases require the dragon at one moment and the savvy negotiator at other times. A great criminal defense lawyer can be broadly versatile and adaptable and provide the type of legal representation that is the best at any given moment in a case.

#8 Credible Threat – Most criminal defense attorneys rarely go to trial and regularly plead out their clients. It goes without saying that if a client is innocent and his case is going to trial, he needs a great trial lawyer, but what about the client looking for a plea bargain or other type of settlement or dismissal? This person needs a great trial lawyer more than ever because a great trial lawyer is a credible threat to a prosecutor. If a prosecutor is up against an experienced, successful, and known trial lawyer, they are more likely to offer a generous plea bargain or dismissal. Suppose a lawyer is known as a plea bargain attorney. In that case, the prosecutor has no incentive to offer an extraordinary plea bargain because the attorney will plead out the client no matter the resolution.

#9 – The Google Factor. Almost any lawyer who has experience will be searchable and researchable on Google. Never hire an attorney before you have an opportunity to research them on the Internet. One bad post or one negative review should exclude an attorney. Still, there should be some favorable information about a criminal defense lawyer in populous counties like Oakland County, Macomb County, Washtenaw County, Wayne County, or Livingston County. Websites like www.avvo.com, www.martindale.com, and SuperLawyers are excellent resources when seeking a great criminal defense lawyer.

#10 – The X Factor. Some lawyers have “it,” and some don’t. It is critical to meet a lawyer in person before making a selection. The only way to know if you can trust a person with your fate is to look into that person’s eyes. When you look into their eyes, and they say they will fight for you, you will be able to tell whether it is a sales job or genuine. You can never fully judge a person’s credibility over the telephone or through email. If you feel confident that an attorney is a great criminal defense lawyer who will provide the best possible legal representation after meeting personally with them, you have likely found the right person for you.

Frequently Asked Questions About LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.

“How much experience do you have in criminal defense law?”

The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have significant experience handling felony and misdemeanor charges in state and federal courts. Their practice includes complex cases, and they often participate in continuing legal education to stay updated on the most current laws and techniques. Collectively, we’ve defended thousands of clients over the past several decades. By utilizing a unique team approach, we provide an unparalleled level of experience and results.

“What is your approach to handling cases like mine?”

The firm’s approach is known for being aggressive and effective. Our lawyers have a track record of obtaining dismissals, ‘not guilty’ verdicts, extraordinary plea bargains, and incredibly lenient sentences throughout Michigan, demonstrating their commitment to robust defense strategies. Every case is different. Think of it this way…would you have much confidence in a professional golfer who only had one club? Some lawyers have a limited capacity and only one approach. The great criminal defense attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have a legal bag full of all the clubs! Whatever the best, most effective approach for any situation, we can handle it and succeed.

“Will you personally handle my case, or will it be assigned to another attorney?”

The firm is unique because it is comprised of several top Michigan defense lawyers working collaboratively on cases, rather than one attorney supervising less experienced lawyers. This teamwork approach ensures that each client benefits from the collective expertise and experience of the team. We often say, “When you hire one of us, you get all of us. When one of us walks into the courtroom, our collective reputation walks in as well!”

“Have you handled cases in the same jurisdiction?”

With a focus on Michigan, our attorneys have extensive experience and familiarity with the various local court systems and the inter-workings of prosecutors’ offices, providing our clients a tremendous advantage. Although our team appears daily in Oakland County, Wayne County, and Washtenaw County, we routinely practice in courts throughout Michigan. Our reputation for being top criminal defense attorneys is known throughout the state.

“What are your fee structures?”

While specific fee structures were not detailed, the firm emphasizes the value of expert criminal defense representation as an invaluable investment, suggesting a focus on delivering quality service that justifies the cost. We offer a free consultation and will do everything possible to offer a fee that fits within the client’s budget. Generally, we offer flat fees; however, different fee structures are available when appropriate.

“What happens if I am found guilty?”

Client testimonials reflect the firm’s dedication to minimizing adverse outcomes for clients by fighting for dismissals, acquittals, reduced charges, obtaining favorable plea bargains, and ensuring lesser sentences. No matter what, we have your back! Our team will do whatever is necessary to minimize any consequences and offer any help available to better your life.

“What services do you provide as part of your representation?”

The firm’s comprehensive approach includes dealing with a wide range of criminal charges, from criminal driving offenses and assaultive felonies to white-collar crimes. This suggests an all-encompassing service offering to address various legal needs.

“What is your success rate?”

The firm’s success includes numerous dismissals and ‘not guilty’ verdicts, highlighting a solid track record in successfully defending clients. Every case is different, and any lawyer purporting to have a certain percentage success rate is not being honest and forthcoming. There is no substitute for a free consultation to discuss the particulars of your situation.

“Do you have any references I can speak to?”

Client reviews indicate high satisfaction with the firm’s services, noting their attentiveness, effective defense strategies, and favorable case outcomes. We have hundreds and hundreds of positive reviews from clients sharing their experiences with the outstanding criminal defense lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.

“How will you keep me updated on my case’s progress?”​

The firm is commended for its smooth communication, attentiveness to client needs, and keeping clients well-informed about their cases. Clients have expressed satisfaction with the level of engagement and support they received throughout their legal proceedings.

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The nationally recognized defense team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has decades of experience successfully representing clients on state and federal criminal charges in courts throughout Michigan. The firm is widely known for providing the highest caliber defense. Our lawyers fearlessly fight to protect and defend our clients and obtain the best possible result. Call us for a free consultation. We will take the time to talk with you, answer your questions, and work with you to develop a winning defense strategy.

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