What to look for in a criminal defense attorney

August 21, 2017

Category: Criminal Defense

If you’ve run afoul of the law, then you’re going to need the best possible representation to give you the best possible chance at beating the case and preserving your freedom. While there are many talented criminal defense attorneys to choose from, finding the right one can make all the difference in the world…in this case, the difference between incarceration and fines, or freedom to move forward with your life.

So what exactly should you look for when you need to hire an attorney? Here are some things to consider:

Experience. Not just any experience, but the right kind of experience for your particular situation. So many attorneys are specialists and therefore subject matter experts in their narrowly defined niche. To give yourself the best shot at winning, you need to find someone who matches your type of case. Do not fall for a “one size fits all” approach.

Familiarity with local courts and prosecutors. You will reap considerable benefits if you retain an attorney who knows the local court system, judges and prosecutors. That familiarity can help negotiate a plea bargain for you and help to understand what is likely to happen if a case goes to trial, based on previous tendencies.

Outstanding communication skills. Unless you are already very familiar with the court system, you are going to be somewhat intimidated and have lots of questions about your case and your legal standing. An outstanding lawyer will be available to you and be able to answer a variety of questions you are sure to have regarding your case.

Reputation and references. As part of your due diligence, make sure you find out a potential attorney’s track record. Ask for references. Ask them to give specific examples of how they handled previous cases similar to yours and what the outcomes were.

Bowser Law serves clients in communities throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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