What To Look For In A Criminal Defense Lawyer

The difference between a favorable outcome and failure in criminal court can make a significant difference in your future. Depending upon the evidence and specific facts of your unique case, the range of outcomes fall between dismissal or acquittal and a conviction with a lengthy sentence. With so much riding on the outcome of the legal battle, it is critical for you to work with an attorney who you can trust will put your interests first. But, choosing a criminal defense lawyer is not an easy task. The experience, knowledge and individual preparation skills that your lawyer uses can make a profound difference in the way your charges are resolved.

So, what are the most important things to look for when choosing a criminal defense lawyer? Here is a short list of questions that may help you to get to know your lawyer:

  • Does the lawyer focus on criminal defense, or practice criminal law part time? Criminal defense is complex, and ever changing. As a focused criminal defense lawyer, I am able to stay up-to-date on the nuances of the law to provide a start of the art defense.
  • What experience does your lawyer bring to the courtroom? Experience often has more than one component. I bring 10 years of experience in private practice. Prior to opening my law firm, I handled a wide range of cases — and a high-volume caseload — as a public defender in Atlanta and DeKalb County. The skills I have developed and the knowledge of the law I have earned includes substantial insight into the local rules, procedures, as well as the tendencies of prosecutors, judges and local juries in criminal courtrooms in Cobb, Paulding and DeKalb counties.
  • Does your lawyer actually care about your goals? Being railroaded through the system is a common fear for many. I believe that you deserve to have a say in the strategies to pursue in defending against charges. I attentively listen to clients to ensure that each has a say in how we proceed.
  • Is your lawyer ready, willing and able to take a case to trial? Trial is not always the best solution. The consequences may be more severe when a favorable agreement is possible. However, as a devoted defense lawyer, I will take a case before a jury when it is in the best interests of that client.

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Choosing a lawyer can be a daunting task. For that reason, I offer free initial consultations in a no-pressure setting to ensure that you can move forward with confidence. To arrange a confidential meeting, send me an email or call my office in Marietta, Georgia, at 678-831-0345 or toll free at 800-737-1251.