If you are facing a possible criminal charge it is important to either consult with a criminal lawyer or have one accompany you in court especially when it you are being charged with a serious criminal charge. Having a criminal lawyer can provide you the legal advice you need and ensures that your rights are protected and that you are able to get the best possible outcome from your case.
I sat down with R.J. Manuelian, a leading criminal attorney in Los Angeles. You may have seen him on television before. He has been a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, ABC, and CBS to name a few places.
“Even if the charges seem fairly tame, a criminal lawyer is essential when facing criminal charges because they can guide you in understanding the nature and details of your criminal charges, the defense that is available for you, and what plea bargains can and will be offered to you,” says Manuelian. He continues, “A criminal lawyer will also be able to give you an insight of what you can expect after you are convicted of the crime.”
When looking for a criminal lawyer, there are some important things that you have to take note of in order to get the best criminal lawyer to defend you in the case that you are being charged with. Here are a few tips he provided to help you choose the right professional to represent you.
- Knowing what kind of attorney you will need is the first step to finding the best criminal lawyer for you. Depending on the criminal charge you are facing, determine if you need a state lawyer or a federal lawyer. Also try to select one that specializes in the type of crime that you are being charged with. Many criminal lawyers handle various types of cases, but it will benefit you to choose one that focuses in one area of specialty.
- Try to talk to people in your community who have gone through a similar experience and see who they have hired and if they were satisfied with how the lawyer handled the case.
- Do background check on the attorney that you are looking to hire. Look into his track record, his experience, and his negotiating skills. It may help to check on the lawyer’s previous cases and what the outcome was. It will also help to look into his educational background and the legal organizations he belongs to.
- Before hiring a lawyer, be sure about how much they are looking to charge you. Lawyers often charge based on how complex the case is. Some attorneys charge an hourly rate and some a flat rate. Also as if the fee has to pay upfront or if they are open to a payment plan. Check for any other charges that an attorney will charge you for contingencies that may come up so that you are ready.
Take time to meet and discuss with the criminal lawyers that you are considering to hire. Although a lawyer may come highly recommended, see if their personal style is comfortable to your personality. It is important to get someone that you can fully trust and that you are comfortable discussing confidential details with.
Taking note of what we have mentioned can mean determine whether or not you will spend jail time. A good criminal lawyer can help your reduce your offense to a misdemeanor or a felony, lessen your punishment for the crime, reduce your jail time, and help you develop the best defense strategy.