The Secret to Getting the Best Criminal Defense Attorney For You

Hiring a criminal defense lawyer will be one of the most important decisions of your life. Here is what you need to know before you hire an attorney.

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How to Get the Best Criminal Defense Attorney For You

Hiring a criminal defense attorney is arguably one of the most important decisions you will ever make. There is no room for error. A criminal conviction, felony or misdemeanor, can be life-altering. A good lawyer can make the difference between criminal charges or convincing the police or prosecutor to drop all charges. If you face criminal charges in court, a top criminal defense attorney can help you avoid jail, a conviction, lengthy probation, and more. How to hire a criminal defense attorney can be confusing and stressful. Here is some information that might help you find the best criminal defense attorney for you.

Here are the top things to consider before deciding on hiring a defense lawyer:

  • Criminal Law Specialist. Only hire a lawyer that exclusively handles criminal cases. General practice lawyers or multi-practice lawyers will be less known by judges and prosecutors, have less experience litigating, and lacks the specialized knowledge required to obtain the best result.
  • Do Your Research. Google and other search engines are valuable tools. Search for any lawyer you are considering. Take a look at online reviews and ratings as these can give you valuable insight into whether the lawyer has the qualities you are looking for in a defense attorney. The most credible rating in Michigan can be found on Avvo, Martindale-Hubbell, and Super Lawyers.
  • Consultation. Meet the lawyer in person for a consultation. Most lawyers will offer a free consultation to discuss your case generally. It is important, if possible, to meet a lawyer in person before making a hiring decision.
  • Attorney Fees. Ask about how fees are charged. The top lawyers generally will not quote prices over the telephone and will want to meet a potential client in person to evaluate the particular facts of the case. A warning sign of an attorney who focuses more on the quantity of cases handled, as opposed to the quality of representation, is if he or she has pre-arranged fees for certain offenses and quotes the fees on the telephone. Most lawyers in Oakland County, Macomb County, and Wayne County charge by flat fees instead of hourly fees. A good lawyer will charge a fair fee.
  • Bargain Hunting. Lawyer fees can range anywhere between very inexpensive to utterly shocking. What fee is right? Generally, legal fees correspond with a lawyer’s experience, track-record in court, reputation, skill, and effectiveness. Lawyers who charge fees that are suspiciously low or are shockingly high should be looked at critically. Bargain price legal fees tend to indicate a lawyer who is focused more on quantity, as opposed to quality.
  • Criminal Defense Law Firms. Law firms generally have more resources than solo-practitioner attorneys and can achieve more favorable results. Although there are some excellent solo-practitioners in Michigan, one lawyer can’t match the combined power, influence, and preparation of a team of lawyers working together on a file.
  • Guaranteed Results. Lawyers cannot ethically or legally promise or guarantee a result. It would be best if you avoided a lawyer who is willing to promise a particular outcome to manipulate you into hiring them. How can a criminal defense attorney expect you to hire them if they make a promise? Only by hoping you are so desprate for a positive outcome that you can be manipulated by lies.
  • Plea or Trial. The best trial lawyers get the best plea offers. Lawyers who have a reputation for pleading all of their clients tend to get feeble plea offers because they are not a credible threat to the prosecutor or the court. Lawyers who are known for being effective litigators tend to get the best plea reduction and sentence offers. If you are falsely accused, you need the best trial lawyer you can find.
  • Written Fee Agreement. Would you make any critical purchase in your life without a written contract? No. The same principle applies when hiring a lawyer. If an attorney is not providing a written fee agreement, this is a good sign that your “agreement” will be modified at a later date, without your consent, and in a way that will not be favorable to you. An adequate fee agreement will spell out your responsibilities and those of the lawyer.
  • A Second Opinion. Meeting more than one lawyer is prudent in most cases. Unless you are certain you’ve found the right attorney, meet one or two other lawyers for comparison sake. It is also a good idea to bring a trusted friend or family member with you to a consultation to help you make an informed choice.
Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney

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If you face felony or misdemeanor charges, you need to act quickly to give yourself the best chance of avoiding charges if possible. If the prosecutor has already filed charges against you, hiring a criminal defense attorney who will truly, faithfully, and fearlessly fight for you is a priority. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. is Michigan’s premier criminal defense law firm. Our attorneys have decades of experience and reputations for winning. We will do whatever is necessary to achieve the best possible result. How do you know if you should hire a particular criminal defense attorney? Using the above guidelines will give you direction in finding the right person for your case.

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