Seven (7) Questions To Ask Before You Hire A Criminal Defense Lawyer
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Published: March 25, 2017
Whether you have been charged with a DWI or a simple traffic ticket, having an attorney by your side can help you have the most successful case possible. Below are five questions you should ask before hiring a Suffern NY criminal defense lawyer:
How many cases of this type have you handled and what percentage of your practice is devoted to criminal defense? (i.e., versus other cases such as civil or transactional matters, etc.?) (You want to know if s/he is general practitioner or has strict focus on criminal defense!)
Have you ever tried this specific type of charge?
Will you personally be handling my case?
Based on what I have informed you as well as my paperwork, what are my legal options?
Based on what we have discussed (or on paperwork), what do you see as govt weaknesses?
What will your representation cost? (Ask about flat fee billing versus hourly.)
Note: Prior to the meeting lawyer, attempt to review the attorney’s website to gauge how s/he represents himself in that forum. Is it up-to-date? Seek client reviews, whether on lawyer’s website or AVVO, an online legal services marketplace that often provides client reviews.