Lawyer Referral Service

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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Sep 18, 2013

When you or somebody that you know are charged with a crime choosing the right attorney can be one of the toughest decisions you can make. Issues of availability, price and experience are all important. Equally important, is the relationship between and attorney and client.

1.  Hire a criminal defense attorney, not just any attorney you or a friend knows.

While it may seem less expensive or more convenient to hire a friend for your defense you could be paying in the end. Criminal defense attorneys often know the prosecutors involved in your case. They can get concessions that other attorneys may miss. Take a look at your possible choices and look at their website.  If an attorney lists several areas of practice then they probably do not specialize in criminal defense.

If possible find an attorney who specializes in the specific crime being tried. For example, if the case involves a DUI hire an attorney who specializes in DUI.

2.       Public Defenders are generally reserved for individuals who can’t afford a private defense

Public defenders have very little time and resources to work on your case. Often times they are burdened with an enormous case load and are juggling upwards of two hundred cases at one time. This is way over the number of cases recommended by the American Bar Association. If it is at all fiscally possible to hire a private attorney it is highly recommended you do so

3. Find out what legal organizations the lawyer belongs to

When choosing an attorney you should make sure that he or she belongs to the County and State Bar Associations. Additionally, a criminal defense attorney should belong to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, his State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section. Using MCBA’s lawyer referral service can aid you in your search.