When do you need a criminal attorney?
Criminal defense attorneys deal with charges that the state brings against you. When the police write you a ticket or you get arrested for a crime, that is when you need a criminal attorney. Criminal attornies do not sue people or places, that is a civil attorney. We do not handle employment issues or custody battles between divorcing parents. The only time you will need a criminal attorney is if you are charged with a crime.
The first thing you need to do is your research. Go online and view websites of different criminal attorneys. Ask around, it is important to find a criminal attorney that you feel comfortable with and that you feel like you can work with. It is imperative that you assist your criminal attorney in your own defense. Do not hire an attorney that you don’t think you will be able to get along with, it won’t help you in the end.
What do I do when I find a criminal attorney I like?
Once you find an attorney that you like, you need to go over your case with them in every detail. Our office gives free consultations. Before you meet with your attorney to go over your case and see what they can do, write down any and all questions you have. It doesn’t matter if you think the questions are silly, write them all down. These are the things you need to go over with your attorney. You should also take notes while talking to your attorney. A lot of times, with our more serious cases, there is so much information that goes on in a first meeting our clients walk away feeling dazed. Legal information is hard to understand and hard to follow. Taking notes will allow you to reflect on what your attorney has told you as well as preparing you for better and more in depth questions to ask your attorney later on.
After going through all the questions that you may have you have to ask yourself if the attorney is the right person for you. It doesn’t do you any good to force yourself to be with an attorney that makes you more stressed out than you already are. Picking an attorney is a very tough task and it is also a very big investment so you need to make sure it’s the right person for you.
Bring a friend, or a family member in with you when you go to visit your attorney. It is helpful to have a few people not only to support you but to get a second opinion on if that attorney is going to be able to support your needs.
The client attorney relationship is a very important one. You never know when you are going to need their services again. When you are in a position of needing a lawyer it can be during some of the most difficult times of your life. Take this relationship seriously and do all of the things your attorney asks you to do. Even if you don’t think it isn’t the right thing to do, or you don’t want to do the things that your attorney is asking, it’s in your best interest to do what they say. Attorneys are usually very experienced and know the process, they don’t say things for the sake of themselves. They are there to help you. So let them help you.
What kinds of questions should I ask my criminal attorney?
The questions that you are going to ask your attorney are going to depend on the kind of case that you have. However, here are few sample questions that you should ask no matter what kind of case you have.
- What are the possible penalties for the charges that I face?
- What should I do in between court dates?
- What kind of classes or therapy should I do to look good for the court?
- What should I wear to court?
- How should I address the judge and other court staff members?
- What should I do in the future if I find myself in this situation?
- What could I have done differently?
- What kind of restrictions am I on because of these charges?
- How will this affect my everyday life?
- What are the steps to the court process?
- What can my family do to support me?
- Should I find counseling to deal with this kind of charge?
- What other aspects of my life do I need to change to prevent this from happening again?
Finding an attorney is a hard task. Here at M. Colin Bresee’s law firm, we don’t do sales. We are here to help you through your difficult times. Call for a free consultation and to get your unique case assessment.