How to Choose the Right Criminal Defense Attorney

How to Choose the Right Criminal Defense Attorney

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Two businessmen shaking handsWhether you have been arrested and charged with a crime, have simply been questioned by police, or believe you may be the subject of a criminal investigation, you may want to hire legal counsel to protect your rights. How do you know that you are getting the best lawyer for the job?

Take the Time to Protect Your Rights

When you face potential criminal charges, you want to move quickly to retain counsel, so that you don’t make mistakes that can come back to haunt you during a prosecution. However, you don’t have to hire the first attorney you meet, unless you have confidence they know how to protect your rights.

First and foremost, you want a lawyer with significant experience handling criminal matters. The criminal justice system is very different from the civil justice system. The potential penalties are unique, and the burden of proof is much higher than in a civil suit. In addition, the procedural rules are different and can be confusing. Even a skilled and successful personal injury (civil lawsuit) attorney can find it difficult to follow the rules of criminal procedure.

Furthermore, you want to look at more than the amount of experience your potential lawyer brings. If you are facing complex criminal charges, such as white collar crime, conspiracy or certain federal crimes, you want an attorney who has successfully defended persons charged with those very crimes. You don’t want to pay a lawyer to learn while handling your case.

Don’t hire an attorney who promises you a specific result. Criminal cases can turn on a variety of circumstances. Your lawyer may tell you that you have strong evidence to support your acquittal, but there are no guarantees in the legal system.

Make certain that you hire an attorney who fully discloses all potential costs up front. A lawyer may advertise a flat fee for criminal defense work, but there can be hidden costs that dramatically increase your expense.

Finally, look for an attorney who can explain your legal challenges, options and likelihood of success in terms that you can understand. Remember that your attorney has to prove your innocence to a jury of your peers. If he or she can do so to you, there’s a good chance he or she can do the same with a jury.

Contact the Law Offices of John E. Kusturiss, Jr.

At the Law Offices of John E. Kusturiss, Jr, we have more than 30 years of practice experience. Contact us online or call us at 610-565-0240 to schedule a private meeting.

There is no charge for your first consultation. We will meet with you evenings or weekends upon request. We take Visa, MasterCard and Discover, as well as debit cards.

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