5 Tips to Help You Find a Criminal Lawyer

by Criminal Defence Blawg on February 23, 2019

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Life is unpredictable– filled with hills and valleys, choice and consequence. Facing the very real threat of criminal charges can be overwhelming. At times like these, it’s hard to even know where to start. If you think you may need a defense lawyer, consult DDSG Criminal Law’s tips below.

#1: From minor to major. Criminal charges come in many shapes and sizes– in other words, punishments and outcomes vary in seriousness. Certain lawyers may handle all kinds of cases– from misdemeanors to felonies– while others only specialize in minor infractions. Ensure you choose a criminal lawyer that is up to the task of your criminal charges.

#2: Custom-fitted. There is a wide range of criminal lawyers currently practicing in Alberta (or wherever you might need legal advice), each with their own experience and specialties. A well-reviewed lawyer may have worked well for some, but it’s in your best interest to ensure a good match for your specific needs.

#3: Meet and greet. Many lawyers offer free meetings with prospective clients or other introductory offers, these can help you find the best representation for your case. Shopping around isn’t just for the cheapest groceries– it can help you focus on which features you value in a criminal lawyer. Bring detailed and relevant information about your charges to your first meeting and never be reluctant to ask about fees.

#4: Centre of attention. Public or pro bono representation may sound good on paper, but if you can afford it– there is no question that you should seek out a criminal lawyer. A free lawyer by definition has fewer resources to work with than a professional firm. When you bring a case into a law office, you have access to the entire staff’s expertise and years of practice. The criminal lawyer you choose will be by your side throughout the entire process.

#5: Get the full picture. Don’t rely on a brief consultation or your own research. These may be cheaper alternatives, but it is a criminal defense lawyer’s job to be familiar with the law! A criminal lawyer will outline the full complexity of your charges and all possible consequences. He or she will also advise you of any available pleas, reductions in charges and other rights that could be easily overlooked.

Contribution thanks to DDSG Criminal Law in Edmonton, Alberta

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