Asking trusted friends and colleagues, researching online, requesting a free initial consultation with several prospective lawyers, and asking about their experience, specialization in criminal defense and track record in handling dropped or reduced criminal charges are good tips for choosing a criminal defense lawyer, according to Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Mestel for ExpertBeacon. A reliable criminal lawyer has experience handling cases at trial and maintains an outstanding not guilty verdict record.Continue Reading
Knowing how long a criminal lawyer has been representing criminal clients is useful in determining the lawyer's breadth of experience, explains Mestel. The prospective attorney's litigation success also indicates a higher chance of winning a criminal case.
A criminal client should find out if a potential lawyer has handled many cases similar to his, notes Mestel.
It is crucial to ask about an attorney's defense strategy and what factors may affect the verdict. Other important questions to ask during an initial interview include the possible outcome of the case and the overall cost of the defense.
The lawyer should inform the client if other legal professionals may be involved with the case and the extent of their experience with criminal charges, Mestel advises. Identifying the point of contact and knowing the expected frequency of communication with the lawyer himself is also key to a successful case.Learn more about Law