Hiring a Criminal Lawyer
What To Consider When Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney.
How soon should I hire an Attorney?
You should begin to search for an attorney as soon as possible. This
will ensure that the attorney that you have hired has a chance to
become familiar with your case and make any necessary motions for
your case. For instance, if you are arrested and the bond is set in
an amount that you cannot pay, your attorney can request a bond
reduction. If you find yourself a defendant in a criminal case,
hiring an attorney quickly or even before a warrant is issued will
help the attorney protect and preserve your legal rights. Once you
have acquired an attorney, describe your case as accurately as you
can. This will ensure effective representation and will help your
attorney in obtaining the best options for your case. At the Law
Office of Nate Stark, we will begin aggressive representation of any
client immediately after a retainer is paid.
Key elements to keep in mind when choosing a Criminal Attorney are:
1) Friends referrals; 2) Referrals from Civil Lawyers and 3)
Interview with the Attorney recommended to you.
What am I getting for my money?
Your attorneys’ fee will ensure that your attorney can focus on your
representation. You and your attorney must agree on fee, payment and
payment plans, if any. Once retained, you should be able to consult
with your attorney whenever you have a legal question pertaining to
At the Law Office of Nate Stark, we strive to be immediately
available to answer client questions and constantly update the
information available to the client regarding their case.
Often, the money you have spent in hiring an attorney is much less
than paying court fees and fines. Variations in legal fees can be
justified by the experience of the attorney involved or the number
of cases the attorney or firm takes on.
How do I select a Criminal Attorney?
Remember to bring any and all paperwork pertaining to your case
during your initial consultation. Make a list of questions that you
would like to ask the attorney, pertaining to your pending case or
to the experience your attorney has in criminal defense. Some
questions to consider are:
- How much experience does the attorney have in the type
of law I am looking for?
- Does the attorney charge for a consultation? If so, how much?
- Will you be able to get a written contract of what type of legal
services you will get for your fee?
- If you have a common legal issue (i.e. DWI, Expunction) is there a
standardized fee for this service? If so, how much?
- If you have an uncommon legal issue, is there an hourly rate? If
so, how much? What are the services that are included with this
- Does the attorney make guarantees about the outcome of your case
without knowing the evidence in the prosecutor’s file? If the
attorney does make such promises, ask yourself how such promises are
- Can you communicate well with the attorney about issues in your
- Was the attorney clear with the services that you will receive on
- Do you have a clear understanding as to how the attorney will
represent you in your case?
Remember that the attorney you hire will be representing your
interests to a prosecutor, judge or jury. Your decision should be
based, in part, on how well the Criminal Defense Attorney
communicates clearly with you.
It is also imperative that you understand the terms of the contract
or agreement with the attorney before you sign it. If it is unclear,
please ask questions and ask the attorney to explain anything that
you are unsure of.
What should you expect from your services?
You and your attorney should be able to work together effectively to
make sure that the best outcome from your case is possible. These
are the expectations you should have for your services:
- Your attorney should give you honest and detailed answers regarding
possible defenses in your case, including best and worst case
- Your attorney should keep you updated with the status of your case
including any necessary appointments.
- Your attorney should never represent someone else who has an
adverse interest to yours.
- Your attorney should follow your instructions as to how you would
like to proceed with your case matter. Unless those instructions
indicate an illegal or unethical matter.
- Your attorney should include a clear and concise itemization for
what you are to be billed for.
- Your attorney should always keep your best interest in mind when
determining the best outcome for your case and
never make any deal
or agreement without your consent.
In addition, your attorney should expect certain obligations, which
- You must be on time to all of your appointments and court
- You must keep your attorney updated with
information, during the duration of your time of service.
- You must be open and honest with the details of your case.
REMEMBER THAT ALL CONVERSATIONS AND INFORMATION GIVEN TO YOUR
ATTORNEY ARE CONFIDENTIAL.
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