What should you look for in a criminal defense attorney?

The area of criminal defense is very complex and specialized.  The following is a list of characteristics one should look for when retaining a criminal attorney:

1.  Experience, at least 10 years of experience is necessary for a well rounded lawyer

2.  Look for a lawyer that has personally defended many cases of the type you have.  Most attorneys that practice day in and day out in criminal defense should have well over a 1000 cases under their belt.

3.  Hire a lawyer with a plan, the attorney should know off the bat the approach that will be taken.

4.  Find a lawyer with experience in the Court where your case will be heard.  this is important to the outcome of a case.  Experience should include not just pleading people guilty but actually getting cases dismissed on motions and winning acquittals at trial.

5.  Do not hire a lawyer on price alone.  The cheapest attorney will often not put in the time necessary to win the case.

The area of criminal defense is very complex and specialized.  The following is a list of characteristics one should look for when retaining a criminal attorney:

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