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What to Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney


Originally posted on 10/20/2017

A person charged with a crime reviews the case with her criminal defense attorney.If you are charged with a crime, you could face severe penalties that could include financial fines, public service, or even jail time. For those in the Michigan area, hiring an attorney experienced in criminal defense would be very beneficial. When you choose between different criminal defense attorneys, there are several factors to consider to ensure you make the right choice.

This article will go through some of the most important aspects to keep in mind when hiring a criminal defense attorney.

Local Experience with Positive Reviews

The first thing you should look for when hiring a criminal defense attorney is that they are local and have a good reputation. Criminal defense attorneys with a positive reputation with customers and others in the local industry will likely have very strong reputations and relationships with people who work on the prosecution side. Because of this, they may have an easier time in your case expedited, negotiated outside of court, or receive other advantages that could make your case go better. Furthermore, this will ensure that the attorney is familiar with Michigan law and its specific processes. 

Specific Crime Experience

Next, choose an attorney who has experience with the type of crime you have been charged with. For example, if you are charged with a DUI, you should look for an attorney specializing in providing defense and legal support for DUI cases. This will likely mean that they will have a better sense of how to develop a case that will ultimately win in court.

Time Availability

When you are looking for a new criminal defense attorney in Michigan, you should also try to understand their workload and resources. You should try to understand how many other cases they are working on to ensure they have the time to dedicate to your case. It would also be beneficial if they have assistance, partner attorneys, for paralegals that can support them to ensure your case receives the proper amount of attention.

Partner with an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney to Protect Your Rights

It can be difficult to know who to turn to in a crisis. If you or someone you know need a reliable criminal defense attorney, enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney at Aldrich Legal Services. Our team of lawyers are familiar with the local system and can give you the help you deserve. Give our team a call today.

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