In our last post, we mentioned a concern of many hiring an attorney – money. Of course you want to hire a good lawyer. Of course you want to build the best defense possible in order to fight the charges that you face. But this isn’t a perfect world! Money doesn’t grow on trees! How are you supposed to know how to hire an attorney that is going to win your case. Furthermore, how are you supposed to afford this magic criminal defense attorney?
The fact of the matter is that there is no guarantee that your case will be resolved in your favor. However, there are ways to make sure that you hire an attorney that cares about your case. You can find someone who will everything they can to make sure that you get the best defense possible. Even better, you can find a lawyer who will do this while cutting costs.
The Right Lawyer
Unfortunately, it’s not enough to just hire a criminal defense lawyer and be done with it. Not all criminal defense lawyers are the same. Some are incredible, but some are mediocre. Some are affordable, while others are expensive. Fortunately, there is one way that you can sort through lawyers at absolutely no cost to you. This is due to free initial consultations, offered by most criminal defense lawyers.
Lawyers understand that hiring someone to represent you in court is a big decision. For this reason, many lawyers offer a free consultation. At the consultation, you can meet with a lawyer and discuss your case. At this time, you can explain the situation that you are in to the lawyer and ask any questions that you have. A good lawyer will be interested in your case and start planning out a strategy for your case during this initial consultation.
If you want to know how experienced the lawyer that you are meeting with is, ask them about cases that they have worked on in the past. Ask about cases that they have won and if they have worked on cases similar to yours. If the lawyer says something like, “I’ve been practicing criminal law for several years, I’ve worked on and won many cases like yours (with specific examples) and this is how I would defend your case,” that lawyer probably has the knowledge and experience to represent you well.
Another great thing about free consultations is that you can ask about the lawyer’s fee when you are face-to-face. If you meet with a lawyer and they don’t give you a straight answer or says something like, “We can discuss fees later”, be careful. You don’t want to get stuck paying any hidden fees. If you meet with a lawyer that is upfront about costs, they probably won’t have any hidden fees and you can get a pretty good idea if you can afford their services or not.
Some lawyers are also flexible about payments and payment methods. If a lawyer is passionate about working on your case, they might work with you to make sure that you can afford to hire them. You want to try to find a lawyer that charges a flat rate, as this means that you won’t have to pay by the hour. Instead, you just pay one fee for the whole process. This can cut down on costs tremendously.
Take advantage of free consultations. This will allow you to shop around until you find the lawyer that can best represent you for the most affordable price. Following these tips can ensure that you get the best defense possible for your case. Next time, we will cover experienced criminal defense lawyers in Connecticut.