Hiring a lawyer to help you with your legal troubles is an important step in any criminal case. Lawyers are everywhere, so finding a good one is not always easy. Most lawyers offer free consultation services so that you can get to know them and they can briefly review your case. This is a great time to ask some hard-hitting questions to ensure you hire the best lawyer for your particular case.
How Long Have Your Been Practicing Law?
In general, most people facing criminal conviction feel more comfortable with an established attorney who has plenty of experience. Ask about how many years the lawyer has been practicing, and roughly how many cases they’ve handled during that time.
What Cases Do You Handle Most Often?
Just because a lawyer is established doesn’t mean they’re established in your area of need. Some lawyers specialize in car accidents, while others are more familiar with violent offenses like armed robbery. The types of cases they typically handle and what you’re comfortable with is up to your discretion.
What’s Your Success Rate in Similar Cases?
If the lawyer does have experience in similar cases, ask what their success rate for their clients is. Success typically means getting their client acquitted of the charges, but it my also include getting a plea deal or lesser sentencing.
What Outcome Should I Expect from My Case?
Based on the information you provide; the lawyer should be able to tell you what outcome to expect from your case. This expected outcome won’t be 100% accurate since they don’t know everything the prosecution has against you yet, but it will give you a rough idea of what to expect in the coming weeks and months. They can also tell you if you would benefit from a plea deal, or even an out of court settlement option that is potentially cheaper and less time consuming.
Hiring a lawyer to defend you is a serious decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Look for a lawyer that you feel comfortable talking to, and one that you’re confident in their ability to defend you. When it’s your turn to ask questions, don’t be afraid to ask hard-hitting questions to put your mind at ease. Any good lawyer understands how serious the process is and how important it is for each client to find a lawyer they’re comfortable with, so they’ll gladly answer any question you have!