5 Tips for Choosing an Attorney


Dealing with a criminal law case requires the help of a skilled and experienced attorney. While they law presumes a person innocent until proven guilty, it can often be challenging for ordinary people to prove their innocence when they do not have the right tools and resources at hand. An attorney not only understands the law, they will have experience with the local court system. When you are looking for the best criminal defense attorney to handle your case, here are some important things you need to look for. 

Tip # 1 – Time

Does the attorney have the time to take on your case? Some attorneys are heavily sought after, which makes it difficult to hire them for your case. You need a person who can provide the right attention and time to your case in order to help you win. If you hire an attorney that you feel doesn’t understand your situation, or simply doesn’t take the time needed to call you back and answer your questions, move along. This case is important to you and you need an attorney that is willing to give your case plenty of time and attention.

Tip # 2 – Experience

The other area that makes an attorney qualified to take on your case is their overall experience. How long has the attorney dealt with cases similar to yours? What is their winning record? Have they been able to obtain fair outcomes for their previous clients? You need to look for an attorney that has plenty of experience with the local court system as well. This shows that the attorney has the right understanding you need for your case to move ahead properly. They know the judges in the area, and can easily work your case in a way that is favorable to what the judge likes to see. 

Tip # 3 – Costs

Attorney fees are not going to be cheap. What is their standard rate? Can the attorney come up with an arrangement to make it easier on you to pay them? The costs are always a concern for clients going up against larger companies and other things. You want to be able to hire the best attorney, but if you cannot afford them, you could end up dealing with another legal battle as the attorney takes you to court for their fees.

Tip # 4 – Confidence

Even if you do plan on hiring an attorney that is new to the world of criminal law, you want to hire a person that is confident. Do they have all the right education, training, and knowledge to hold their own in the courtroom? Do you feel that they can easily stand up for your rights and get you a fair trial? Having confidence in your lawyer will go a long way in your ability to trust them. Take a look at their previous client’s cases to see what people said about their presence in the courtroom, and the overall outcome for the case. 

Tip # 5 – Trust

For the relationship to work with an attorney, you need to be able to trust them. Talk to your friends, neighbors, and others who have worked with the attorney before. Educate yourself about the attorney as much as you possibly can before you meet with them. Having some information about their background can easily help you to forge ahead with a trusting relationship. You will know that the attorney cares about you and your case and wants to fight hard to win the case for you.

Contact David Knecht Law today to schedule a consultation and discuss your legal rights!