If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, your freedom and your future hang in the balance. With so much at stake, at you need to present the strongest criminal defense possible. Anything less than that can leave you at risk of imprisonment and the long-term ramifications that follow a criminal conviction.
As you research your legal representation options, you might find yourself overwhelmed and stressed. After all, there are a lot of criminal defense law firms out there and separating them can be challenging. So, as you consider what kind of advocate you want on your side, we encourage you to look for each of the following characteristics:
- Experience: You want your case in the hands of someone who has experience not just with criminal cases, but with the specific kinds of allegations that you’re facing. That way you know that your attorney is comfortable navigating the evidence at hand and can apply the law in a favorable fashion. An experienced criminal defense attorney is also going to know how to use the rules of evidence to your advantage, which can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.
- Resources: You also want an attorney on your side who can dedicate resources to your criminal defense. This means that you want a legal team that is capable of adequately researching applicable statutory and case law and is able to engage in the thorough discovery that is needed to analyze the prosecution’s case and its strategy. A well-resourced attorney may even be able to hire a private investigator to help gather evidence that’s harmful to the prosecution’s case, as well as expert witnesses who may give you a leg up on the prosecution when it comes to scientific evidence.
- Attention: Your case is everything to you. To many law firms, though, your case is just one of many that the attorney has to get through. You don’t want that. You want an attorney who is going to give your case the individualized attention that it deserves. Only then can you rest assured that every defense avenue has been explored and that you’ve been kept up-to-date on developments in your case. An attorney that gives you and your case the attention deserved is also going to allow you to make the fully informed decisions that you think are right for you.
- Skilled in litigation: This is somewhat tied to experience, but you’re going to want an attorney on your side who has a track record of successful litigation. This reputation will better position you to negotiate resolution with the prosecution, since it’ll be less willing to take its case to trial if it knows that it’s going up against an aggressive defense attorney. If your case heads to trial, though, you’ll be better positioned with an experienced litigator on your side who will know what questions to ask, how to push back against the prosecution, and how to make and meet objections appropriately.
Your choice matters
From a distance, a lot of criminal defense attorneys might seem the same. But once you start conducting your research, it’s pretty easy to see that there can be vast differences in your representation options. And those differences can change the outcome of your case. That’s why it’s imperative that you fully consider and vet your options so that you can position yourself as best as possible to beat the charges that have been levied against you.