The outcomes of your criminal case can determine the rest of your life, and impact the lives of those you love as well. Because there is so much on the line, it’s critical that you select the right attorney for your defense, but there are dozens of criminal defense attorneys in Greensboro. So how do you know which one is the right one, or the wrong one, for you?
Unlike a civil attorney, a criminal defense attorney is someone you will likely only need once, but probably under very stressful circumstances. Your attorney will be your guide and advocate through likely one of the toughest situations you’ve ever been in, where mistakes can come with serious consequences. Many attorneys practice criminal defense, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be good to work with, or will be able to give you the best possible shot at winning.
If you are searching for the criminal defense attorney that is right for you, here are a few things not to do:
- Don’t go with a non-local
No matter a law firm’s size, reputation, or advertising budget, if they aren’t in your local area, they may not be a good fit. While within states, laws are often the same, there is a particular advantage of choosing an attorney that practices in your immediate area. Specifically, in the courthouse where your case will be heard. Local attorneys know the police officers, judges, clerks, and other people that will be involved in your case.
- Don’t go for bottom dollar
It’s hard to imagine spending money on an attorney, but it’s worth the investment if you have serious fines or jail time potentially coming your way. Private defense attorneys charge a wide range of fees, but don’t automatically pick the cheapest one. Just like with most things, you get what you pay for when it comes to legal experience, professionalism, and courtroom prowess.
- Don’t go for big-box
While large law firms are often efficient, they cannot give you the personalized attention or customized plan for your case that you deserve. Being charged with a crime is incredibly stressful, and it’s nice to have an attorney that treats you like a human being during this difficult time. Look for a smaller firm that is kind, responsive to your messages, and gives you a sense of confidence.
Want to learn more about what to look for in a criminal defense attorney? Reach out to us at the law office of E.J. Boswell, and ask for your free consultation.