Having a run-in with the law or dealing with a legal problem is something most civilians aren’t prepared to handle on their own. For this reason, you will probably need a lawyer to defend you and act in your best interest.
Choosing the right lawyer for your case can be difficult, though. With many qualified (and not-so-qualified) lawyers out there, you will need to do some research to make the best possible decision on who to hire.
Where to find a lawyer
If this is your first time in court, you might not even know where to start looking for a lawyer. There’s no need to fret, though. There are many resources that can lead you to finding the right lawyer in your area.
Start by asking your family and friends if they’ve worked with an attorney in the past, and if those experiences were positive ones. Personal referrals can go a long way.
Additionally, there are many online resources you can use to search for local lawyers. Some websites, like that of the American Bar Association, can provide free lawyer referrals. Other, more specialized organizations like the National Advocacy for DUI Defense (NAFDD) can help you find qualified lawyers who specialize in the field of legal counsel you need.
Things to look for
Once you’ve identified a lawyer that you might be interested in hiring, you’ll want to do your due diligence and make sure they’re the right person for the job. Look for these qualities:
- Area of specialization: Not all lawyers have studied or specialize in the same areas of the law. For example, some lawyers may have extensive experience working with drug and alcohol arrests, while others may work more in family law, like divorces. If you’re facing a legal matter, you’ll want to search for a lawyer who fits your needs.
- Certifications and honors: Many online tools, such as Super Lawyers, have registries that provide ratings for lawyers in your area. If you’re interested in hiring a particular lawyer, be sure to look them up and see if they have a rating or reviews to see what others thought of their skills and practice.
- Trustworthy: There’s a good chance you’ll be working closely with your lawyer for an extended period of time, so you want to make sure you like the lawyer and that the two of you click. You need to be able to trust your lawyer to defend you in court. Request an initial meeting and ask the lawyer questions about their experience, previous success and communication standards. If you don’t have a good feeling, seek a different option.
- Reasonable rates: Avoid choosing a lawyer that’s charging next to nothing to defend you. Often, inexperienced or unqualified lawyers will try to round up clients by offering low rates, even though they have little success. That being said, you also want to choose a lawyer that fits in your budget. Always ask your lawyer about their rates and any extra fees you might incur, and select a professional who’s going to do work for a reasonable fee.
If you’re in need of strong legal advice and sophisticated solutions for OVIs, drugs, theft, traffic violations and other kinds of criminal defense, call Herzner Law, LLC. We can connect you with a lawyer who is trustworthy, experienced and reliable.
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