Defense For Your Criminal Case
To help protect your good name and reputation consulting a criminal defense lawyer is a must. There are over 6,000 lawyers in Palm Beach County and less than 1,000 of them specialize in criminal law. Your criminal defense attorney’s job is to protect your rights and ensure you get a fair trial. The criminal defense attorney will thoroughly examine the circumstances of your case and weigh the strength of the evidence against you.
Criminal lawyers defend individuals or organizations charged with a crime. The primary role of a criminal lawyer is to represent their defendant in the criminal court system. The criminal process encompasses arraignments, pre-trial hearings, settlement conferences, trials and sentence hearings. An experienced criminal defense attorney will dedicate most of the time to evaluate charging documents, gather evidence, speak with witnesses and review any other information pertinent to the case. To better assist them in their meticulous process, criminal lawyers involve the expertise of paralegals, private investigators, and litigation consultants.
Your defense lawyer will apply current law, research previous legal precedent to address your specific situation and use it to devise a solid legal strategy and build the best possible case for acquittal. Criminal defense lawyers have deep knowledge of criminal law and the court system and the key to choosing a criminal defense attorney for your case is experience.
Criminal Defense Attorney Background and Experience
In addition to your extensive internet search and friends or colleagues referral, an important step to choosing your attorney is to have an initial (usually free) consultation. When you first meet with a criminal lawyer, its important to learn whether he or she has experience handling cases similar to yours. Consider asking:
¨ Years practicing criminal law
¨ Law school attended and graduated
¨ Bar associations or other professional organizations membership
¨ Familiarity with the charges you are facing and % of similar cases they worked on
¨ Courthouse knowledge
¨ Style used, example (plea agreements?)
¨ How often they take cases to trial?
Your Legal Case Management
Case management is the term used to describe how a case is handled behind the scenes. Its important for you to know the logistics to avoid any misunderstandings. Some relevant questions to ask about your case management are:
¨ Do you have time to represent me?
¨ Who will represent you and request to meet with them if there are more than one attorney in the law firm?
¨ What method of contact used? To address questions/concerns do you set up a phone conferences or one on one appointment time?
¨ How quickly can you expect response?
Top Qualities of Top Lawyers
After you have conducted your initial consultations with top 2 or 3 lawyers, its decision time. In addition to professionalism, do the lawyers you interviewed possess the following qualities:
Analytical Skills-Ability to readily make sense of a large volume of information.
Creativity- Ability to think of reasonable solutions when problems and unique situations arise.
Logical Thinking -Ability to think logically and make reasonable judgments and assumptions based on information presented.
Research Skills- How extensive is his/her knowledge base, research methods used.
Interpersonal Skills-Ability to communicate and build trusting relationships with all law office personnel, local community and courthouse members
Perseverance-Ability to dedicate time, effort and perform due diligence at all times
Public Speaking Skills- Comfort level addressing large groups of people
Writing Skills- Posses excellent writing skills to prepare compelling arguments, briefs, motions, and other legal documents.
Hire Stine Or Do the Time
When facing criminal charges like a DUI, a drug crime, or a violent offense in Florida, your rights, freedom, reputation, and future are all threatened. Suddenly, the things you used to take for granted, such as financial stability, the eligibility for future employment opportunities, and basic civil rights like the right to vote, become endangered privileges you are actively aware of. The legal system, which before seemed very black and white, is now full of grey areas that you don’t understand.
Having an experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer by your side means that throughout the Florida criminal process, your case will be guided by a person who knows the impact a conviction or other certain outcomes will have on your life. It is best to contact a defense lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest so that early intervention and other defense methods may begin immediately.