Being Proactive In Criminal Cases: Contact A Criminal Defense Attorney For A Consultation
In many cases you may be able to solve your problem without an attorney’s help but sometimes a lawyer’s advice can be well worth the money. A lawyer can help ensure that proper steps are taken not to hurt your case later.
If you’ve been accused of a crime or find yourself the defendant in a legal suit, contact a lawyer immediately.
Here are a few of the reasons to consult with an attorney (source)
- Get the facts. Talk to a currently licensed attorney in your state that practices in the area of the law where you have questions.
- Get current knowledge. What was the law 20 years ago, might not be the law today.
- It reduces stress and is empowering. Most people are scared and don’t know what to do next. Being paralyzed and ignoring problems usually makes the situation worst.
- You need to talk to someone that will consider all possible outcomes in your case. Someone that can see the pros and cons of both sides of the case.
- It can save you money. Many people try to do it themselves in an attempt to save money.
What sort of attorney do you need?
A very important issue in choosing a lawyer is his competence. Is he a good lawyer or bad? Obtain every reference you can and check them out in detail. While at your first meeting ask questions; make sure he or she has handled the type of case that you need assistance with. Check to see what the results were in his former cases. Did he win or lose. How where the cases handled? Where they handled professionally?
Find an attorney that listens to you, seems interested in your case and speaks so that you can understand legal terms and concepts. An attorney that explains the pros and cons of your case.
An attorney that you trust. You need an attorney on your side and working with you.
What sort of attorney should you avoid?
- An attorney that makes guarantees or promises. An attorney that claims they win 100% of their cases.
- An attorney that will represent both parties in a lawsuit.
- An attorney that practices in all areas of the law. It is almost impossible today to stay up-to-date on all legal subjects.
- An attorney you cannot afford. If the attorney’s hourly rate is $600/hour and you make minimum wage, there is no way you can afford to hire this attorney for a prolonged child custody battle. Be realistic.
- An attorney that never sends you copies of correspondence in your case and never returns your calls.
How can you find an attorney?
- Ask your friends and attorneys who they recommend. If your friend says the opposing counsel was much better than their lawyer, get the opposing counsel’s name!
- The American Bar Association has a comprehensive list of pro bono organizations throughout the U.S. if you qualify for free services.
- If there is an attorney in your neighborhood, stop by their office and see if you like them.
- Check your local TV guide, free newspapers, yellow pages, the internet, etc. Be aware that all advertisements have been paid for by the attorney. The bigger the ad, the more money spent. The biggest ad does not mean the best lawyers. Also, many “featured lawyers” or “top 10 lists” are merely expensive advertising.
- Be a savvy consumer.
From The Law Office Of Andrew D. Stine
If you are accused of a crime, your freedom, your family, your reputation, your immigration status, and your job may be at stake. The outcome you receive in the criminal justice system depends upon the experience and knowledge of the defense attorney you choose to represent you.
When you retain the law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., you do not simply retain a nationally recognized criminal defense lawyer. You retain a criminal defense team who has worked together for years and successfully represented clients in virtually every type of criminal case, including:
- Animal cruelty, such as dog fighting, cock fighting and abandonment
- Drug crimes, such as drug trafficking and Oxycodone offenses
- Fraud, such as mortgage fraud, insider trading and mail fraud
- Traffic offenses, such as DUI
- Violent crimes, such as domestic violence and battery
Mounting a Proactive Defense
An arrest is not the be-all, end-all of a criminal case. What matters is how the case is resolved. Being proactive after your arrest can often make the difference between whether you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges, or whether any charges are filed against you at all.
At the law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., we have an exceptional track record of getting many criminal charges dismissed. We are also experienced in clearing arrest records through the expungement process. If your record has been cleared and you are asked on a job application or apartment lease if you have been charged with a crime, you can confidently answer, “no.”
Free consultation 24/7: Call West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at (561) 832-1170. Se habla español.