Sometimes, here at The Advocates, we are asked if we can help in a criminal defense case. Unfortunately, our area of focus is exclusively personal injury cases. A criminal defense attorney is a lawyer that specializes in defense of someone who has allegedly committed a criminal act. Our area of expertise is when someone is injured. We would be more than happy to recommend a qualified criminal defense attorney, or you can call the Utah State Bar, and they can recommend someone to you.
It is important to select the right attorney for you and your needs. Depending on the type of case that you have, that can influence which attorney you should choose. For example, the attorney you might choose to represent you might be different for a DUI than for tax evasion. Similarly, according to the Legal Information Institute, “[e]ach state decides what conduct to designate a crime. Thus each state has its own criminal code.” Therefore, it is also important to select an attorney who is familiar with the laws in your locality. We have provided a few things you will want to consider when selecting a criminal defense attorney.
- Get Along Well with Each Other. Some cases require that clients and attorneys spend a lot of time together. This could very well happen with your case. Thus, you want to pick someone who you could talk to openly. Trust is an essential part when it comes to criminal cases. You have to trust your attorney. Don’t select someone who might seem annoying. Does the attorney seem to care about your case? These considerations can significantly influence your choice of attorney.
- Experience with Criminal Cases. Anyone who is familiar with the practice of law understands that there is a great deal of nuance in the various areas and practices. This nuance can come after years of experience. You want an attorney who has this experience on their side. You want an attorney who understands the precedent and can properly advocate for you.
- Ratings/Word of Mouth. Checking up on the reviews of the attorney can help you find a better attorney. Obviously, you want to be selective in how you evaluate the reviews. Not every review is an accurate representation of their work. However, reviews can give some indications of what the attorney’s strengths are and also what he/she struggles with. If, while reading a review, you see that the attorney doesn’t contact the client very frequently, this could be a strength or a weakness. Clients differ in how involved they want to feel in their case. For example, some clients prefer to get updates occasionally from the attorney. On the other hand, some clients would like frequent contact with an attorney, so they know exactly what is going on.
The three considerations above can help in selecting the right criminal attorney for you. Remember, always to choose an attorney who is familiar with the laws where you live. For example, if you live in Utah, choose an attorney who is familiar with Utah’s laws. Selecting the right criminal attorney can be challenging; however, it doesn’t have to be impossible.