Facing Criminal Charges?
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, make sure to consult a criminal defense attorney. From potential jail time to living with a criminal record, the consequences of a criminal case can be severe.
Whether you think you want to fight the charges or take a plea deal—or don’t know what you want to do—speaking to an experienced criminal defense lawyer is crucial to understanding your rights and options.
An experienced criminal defense lawyer will be able to explain the relevant law to you and how it applies to your case. An attorney who knows the system will be able to offer insight as to local court procedures and the tendencies of prosecutors and judges. As your case moves through the courts, you’ll want representation you’re confident in.
Looking for a Lawyer?
At Lawyers.com, you’ll find a user-friendly search tool that allows you to tailor results by area of law and geography. You can also search for attorneys by name. Attorney profiles prominently display contact information, list topics of expertise, and show ratings—by both clients and other legal professionals.
Ready to Meet With a Lawyer?
Before hiring a lawyer or law firm, make sure to speak directly—preferably in person—to the attorney who will be primarily responsible for handling your case. Consider bringing to the conversation a list of questions and any documentation related to your case. Remember that you don’t need to hire the first lawyer you consult and that, first and foremost, you want a lawyer you trust.
What to Ask a Lawyer
When gathering your thoughts and documents, think about what you’ll want to ask the lawyer. Consider including on your list questions about:
- the attorney-client privilege
- the lawyer’s experience with cases like yours
- the lawyer’s familiarity with the relevant court system
- how often the lawyer goes to trial (as opposed to settling)
- who else will work on your case
- attorneys’ fees and other expenses related to the case (including how the cost might increase as the case moves to other stages, like trial)
- how long the case might take, and
- the lawyer’s initial impressions of your case and options.