Criminal Defense For The 21st Century
How To Choose a Criminal Defense Attorney
There is no magic pill or elixir that will produce the best criminal defense attorney for you. Lawyers have websites, videos, and use various advertising methods. All this information is good to review, but it’s not enough to decide he or she is the best attorney for you. You can’t tell from a website or advertising how you will interact with the attorney, or more importantly, how your attorney will treat you. What you need to do is make a short list of potential criminal defense lawyers, and then interview them.
The best way to interview attorneys is to have written questions ready to ask each candidate. I suggest you review this article from the Massachusetts Bar Association to help you prepare: http://www.massbar.org/for-the-public/need-a-lawyer/tips-on-choosing-a-lawyer#a3.
The best criminal defense attorney for you will get you the best results possible. You want an attorney with experience in your type of offense who has obtained results. You also want an attorney who is easy to talk to, who listens well to you, and who explains everything to you in a way you can understand.
Don’t be afraid to ask potential attorneys what experience they have with your offense, and ask about legal fees at your first attorney meeting. The key to asking your questions is to listen for the lawyer’s answer. Did they answer the question you asked – clearly and directly? There are plenty of criminal defense attorneys out there, so make sure you do your homework before choosing yours.
David P. Singer is a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney located in Lowell.