If you are ever accused of a crime, one of the very the first things you absolutely must do is to speak to a criminal attorney, even before saying anything to the police. As a matter fact, this is perhaps what you should do irrespective of whatever the charge is against you. This is something you will hear any attorney tell their clients time and time again without fail.
One phenomenon we are beginning to see quite a lot of, is a lot of individuals deciding o represent themselves in court. While there are probably a range of reasons for this, the one predominant factor seems to be the inability of these individuals to afford the sometimes rather high fees that many lawyers are known to charge to provide legal representation.
No matter how high a lawyer’s fees are, one of the biggest mistakes someone charged with a criminal offense can do, is to represent themselves in court. Most especially if they have little knowledge of how the legal process works. At the very worst case scenario, they should seek to get legal aid or some other pro-bono legal service. Perhaps even a public defendant might be good enough in many cases.
However, in situations where you are able to afford to pay the legal fees of an attorney to represent you in your criminal case, the question then becomes how do you sift the “wheat from the chaff,” from the sea of criminal attorneys that abound on the internet and that can be found with a few clicks of the button.
There are perhaps a few crucial things you should look at on a lawyer’s profile to determine their “suitability” and ability to represent you in court. Perhaps the most important of these is their success:failure ratio. While different people might have different factors they consider to be the most important thing to look out for, for me the success:failure ratio is the most important. Note I said the most important, not the only important thing.
Other things on the list to make sure that any candidate to be your criminal attorney posses are: preferably their own in-house private investigator to investigate and uncover things you don’t want to leave up to the police alone to discover, a team of other lawyers and para-legals, a good relationship with the DA’s office and their prosecuting attorneys, the relevant police department in question, good familiarity with the judge and a good network of lawyer friends.
with regards the above list of things, you never know when any of these things will prove to be crucial in helping your case, so you should always look to work with a lawyer who can assure you, or even prove the availability of these things.
So how would you find a private attorney that may have all these resources at their disposal? So in addition to asking your personal network of family and friends, as previously mentioned, the internet is perhaps your best bet. With the advent of the internet and social media, your direct and indirect personal network has personally probably gown by a few thousand, because of the few hundred friends you may have on Facebook for instance, chances are that a message you might post on your wall, or perhaps even in a private closed group dedicated to a relevant topic might get a helpful response from someone who has been in your situation before.