If you’re facing criminal charges, hiring an attorney should be at the top of your priority list. Choosing the right one, however, can be intimidating and overwhelming.
Often, people have no experience with the legal system, and they make critical errors when hiring representation. They tend to find the first attorney they can who simply appears competent, only to later discover they’re stuck with a lemon.
Finding the right person for the job takes work, no matter the field. Here are some errors many people make when hiring a defense attorney. Keep these in mind as you seek someone to help defend you in court.
- Assuming the Most Expensive Attorney Is Always the Best One
When evaluating lawyers, it's important to focus on their experience, expertise, and their ability to communicate with you. Some lawyers may be expensive simply because they have a well-known name or work for a prestigious firm, but that doesn't automatically translate into success.
Before deciding on a lawyer, take some time to research them, their background, and their previous cases.
- Failing to Research Your Lawyers’ Experience and Education
A good education is necessary to prepare an attorney. It helps them handle complex legal issues and presents them with many scenarios to solve. You should consider whether the attorney has received their Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school. Also, look into any additional certifications or training they have.
- Failing to Make Sure They Are Familiar with the Rules of Evidence and Court Proceedings
Not all lawyers have courtroom experience. Many simply work on contracts and documents.
If you're looking for a criminal defense lawyer, you must make sure they have a deep understanding of the state's courtroom system. Even the slightest errors can disrupt or invalidate your entire case. An attorney with courtroom experience can keep the process moving smoothly so everyone can focus on the matter at hand, presenting evidence of your innocence.
- Forgetting to Ask About Their Past Success Rate with Similar Cases
This information helps you determine their skills and whether they have the necessary experience to handle your situation. Remember, however, that every case is unique. Just because the lawyer is often successful in one area, that doesn’t mean they will be helpful to you. Understand the details of your case, and ask pointed, specific questions about similar cases they’ve handled in the past.
- Failing to Check Online Reviews and Ratings
Thanks to the power of the internet, countless online resources make it easy to find and evaluate attorneys. Check online reviews and ratings to get an idea of what past clients have to say about their experiences. This can give you valuable insight into the attorney's experience, communication style, willingness to go that extra mile, and overall effectiveness. Pay attention to patterns and common themes in the reviews.
By doing your due diligence, you can rest easy knowing that you've selected an attorney who has a proven track record of success and will work tirelessly to protect your rights.
If you are facing criminal charges in Florida, contact Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. today for help. We may be able to evaluate and take on your case. For a free consultation, call us at (904) 701-0591 or contact us online.