When your money, your freedom, and even your future may be on the line, you want to make sure you choose the best attorney for your case. If you don’t do your research, you may very well hire an attorney who is ill-equipped to provide the level of representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
When evaluating attorneys to represent you, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Look for an attorney with relevant experience.
A big part of the reason you hire an attorney is because you need someone who knows what they are doing. Even if this is not your first arrest, since you are not an attorney, you likely are not intimately familiar with all of the statutes, cases law, and Constitutional issues involved in prosecuting and defending criminal allegations. When going to court on criminal charges, you want an attorney with several years of experience and a proven record of success.
- Look for a law firm with experience in your local jurisdiction.
In criminal cases, local knowledge and experience can make all the difference. In Texas, each county has its own rules and procedures, and if your attorney is familiar with the judge and prosecutor involved in your case, this can help guide the strategy for your defense.
- Look for an attorney who only practices criminal defense.
Some attorneys and law firms represent clients in everything from divorces to business disputes to criminal trials. If you are going to choose an attorney, it is in your best interests to choose a law firm that is 100 percent dedicated to protecting the rights of the criminally accused rather than hiring lawyers who spend a significant part of their time on other legal issues that have nothing to do with criminal law.
- Look for a law firm with a background in criminal prosecution.
In addition to looking for years of experience representing criminal defendants, you also want to look for a law firm with attorneys who have experience as former prosecutors. If your defense attorney knows what the prosecutors are thinking and has helped craft the strategies that they use to put criminals behind bars, as a defendant, this can provide you with a distinct advantage.
- Look for an attorney who makes you feel comfortable.
Finally, it is important to find an attorney who makes you feel confident that you have made the best choice for your case.
If you have your initial consultation and you don’t feel like you can trust the attorney or aren’t sure that they have the experience you’re looking for, keep looking. Choosing a criminal defense attorney can be a life-changing decision, and you want to make sure that you give it the time and attention it deserves.
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At Oberheiden, P.C., we offer free, no-obligation consultations so that you can ask questions and get to know us before making any decisions about your case. If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys, request a consultation online, or feel free to call us at 866-603-4540 today.
Dr. Nick Oberheiden is a national litigation and trial criminal defense attorney who practices exclusively in the area of federal law.