What to look for in a criminal lawyer

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If you are facing criminal charges it is of utmost importance to find a good criminal lawyer. Criminal charges have penalties and jail sentences you do not want to face. It is important to have a criminal lawyer by your side who can ensure your rights are respected and the best outcome for you is achieved.   The first thing you should do as soon as you find out that charges are being brought against you is to talk to a lawyer so that you can get the best advice on how to protect yourself.

What a criminal lawyer will do

  • Help you understand the charges against you
  • The available defenses that can be used in your case and draft a defense strategy.
  • Advise you of any plea bargains that are likely to be offered.
  • Advise you on what is likely to happen at the completion of the case in the event of a conviction or acquittal

Things to consider when choosing a lawyer

Practice specialization

Depending on the charges brought against you, not every criminal lawyer will provide sufficient legal assistance. When choosing the attorney to defend you, find one who has experience in defending clients who were charged with the same crimes you are being charged with.

Local knowledge

The lawyer you choose to represent you must also know the area where the trial is likely to take place. A lawyer who understands the local courts, judges, and prosecutors and has trial experience in defending criminal cases will know the best strategies to employ.

Ethical conduct

Do not choose a lawyer who boasts of being in friendly terms with a judge because even if you successfully avoid charges, there is a chance that the matter will be revisited in future when the corrupt practices of the lawyer or judge in question are found out.

Gravity of charges

Choose a lawyer according to the gravity of the charges leveled against you, a minor misdemeanor might not warrant an experienced trial lawyer but grave charges call for a lawyer who can find all the possible legal avenues to defend you. You can find out if a lawyer has these qualities by asking relevant questions. To be sure that the lawyer is not lying you can ask for references and confirm that they are licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction where you are likely to be tried. Before you retain the services of a lawyer discuss the fees and put the agreement that you reach in writing to avoid any disputes that could arise in future.


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