When accused of a crime, you have rights. One of these rights is the right to be represented by a chosen attorney. From questioning to the end of trial, a criminal defense attorney can be the difference of fair treatment in court, the result of dismissal of a case, if the defendant will be able to reach a reasonable plea-deal, or if the trial will result in a “not-guilty” verdict. All of these decisions are imperative to the future of an accused person; and with the representation of an experienced attorney, you can expect to receive fair treatment during court proceedings. While many know that they have the right to an attorney, choosing the right attorney for your case may feel like one of the most stressful decisions that you will ever have to make. Here are some helpful tips that may make choosing the right attorney for you a little less stressful.

1. Do your research

Before choosing an attorney, do your research. You will most likely be able to find information on your attorney on the internet such as their social sites, personal website, media releases and online client reviews. Reading reviews from past clients will help you to learn about the experience that others have had with your chosen attorney.

2. Don’t be afraid to interview

Most attorneys offer a free initial consultation. During this consultation, take notes so that you can compare attorneys. Pay attention to details such as, does this attorney explain the criminal charges against me? Or what your options are? You have the right to ask questions throughout your entire process with your attorney. Some initial questions you can ask are, “Will I be included during the process or will I be able to contact you with my questions and concerns?” Choosing an attorney who will include you throughout the process will help to put your concerns at ease.

3. Consider the staff of the attorney and or their affiliated attorneys

When choosing an attorney, learning about the entire team is important. For example, what experience do the other attorneys hold? You should be treated with respect from all staff members. You may want to consider additional specialties such as if there is someone on staff who speaks your primary language.

4. Use your common sense

When dealing with such serious matters, you are going to want to work with someone that you are comfortable with. Consider your gut instinct when evaluating different attorneys to make your final decision–because again you have the right to choose the attorney who you believe will represent you fairly in the court of law.

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