Working With Great General Attorneys

2 Things To Do When Looking For A Defense Attorney

by Maurice Moore

If you have been arrested, you need to make sure that you get an attorney to help you with the charges. You have the right to have someone on your side who is going to fight for you. Your attorney is going to be able to defend you and do any negotiating with the other side necessary. When you are looking for an attorney to help you, there are some things that you can do to make sure that you get the attorney who is right for you. 

Success Rate

You want to make sure that you are choosing a successful attorney, one who has the best chance of getting you off. That means that you want to find out the success rate of the attorney you are interested in. You don't need to find out their overall success rate, instead, you need to focus on the kind of cases that are similar to yours. If you have been arrested on assault and battery charges, you want to ask your attorney how many cases like yours they have handled and how many they have won. When you have those numbers, you can do a little bit of math to figure out their success rate. For example, if they have handled 60 cases similar to yours and they have won 52, then they have about an 87% success rate, which is pretty good. 

Local Courts

You should also check to make sure that your attorney is familiar with the local courts, not just criminal law. The reason for this is because that means that your attorney will be familiar with the judges in the area and how they handle their courtrooms and trials. While all the judges are working off the same laws, they each have their own points of view on different aspects of it and may interpret things differently. An attorney that has successfully defended people in front of those judges before is going to be familiar with how those judges think, what their biases are, and how they feel about certain things happening in their court. This is why a lawyer from a smaller local firm may be better for you than a criminal attorney from a different city. 

If you have been arrested for something, then you have the right to have an attorney present to help you out. Finding the right criminal defense attorney is important. There are things that you can do that will help you find the right one for you.