If you’ve been charged with a crime, it is in your best interest to seek a professional, established attorney as soon as possible. Seemingly minor crimes can still result in a criminal record, and having a record can haunt you for years, decades, or even your lifetime.
If you or your loved one find yourself in this situation, you need a team of experienced criminal lawyers that can help you navigate these uncertain times and fight for the rights and freedom of the accused. The outcome of your case is largely dependent on having the right attorney by your side. Read on for more information about choosing the best criminal lawyer for your unique situation.
Although the nature and severity of your crime will factor heavily into how your case is handled, any person charged with a crime should ensure that their lawyer meets all of the following criteria.
Experience with the Charges
All lawyers are not created equally in terms of areas of expertise and experience. It is important to have an attorney who is experienced in the specific issue your are dealing with. For example, hiring a lawyer who specializes in drunk driving may not be the best choice if you’ve been charged with embezzlement or some form of business related fraud. Criminal law is complex and constantly evolving; it is essential to work with a lawyer who has extensive experience in the specific crime with which you’ve been charged. Some lawyers are focused on violent crimes, others on drug crimes, and still others on white-collar crimes.
Do some research and consult with a lawyer who has a deep understanding of exactly what you have been charged with. Request a consultation so you can ask questions to determine if the particular lawyer you meet with has the experience you need.
Find a Lawyer You are Comfortable Around
The most successful lawyer-client relationships are collaborative. When a client is involved in the decision-making process and trusts their lawyer, the relationship becomes more of a partnership, which in turn helps bring the best possible outcome. To determine if the lawyer you’re interviewing is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:
Am I comfortable talking openly to my lawyer?
If I don’t like the way something is being handled, do I feel comfortable saying so?
Does my lawyer explain things in a manner that I can understand?
Does my lawyer seem genuinely concerned about the outcome of my case?
Does my lawyer seem trustworthy and of good character?
Does my lawyer exude confidence?
Courtroom Experience & Confidence
You also want to know that if your case moves to trial, your lawyer has confidence in the courtroom. In addition to specifically asking about courtroom experience, the lawyer’s appearance and demeanor can help you determine how they will perform in a court of law. If they are neatly dressed, well spoken, and confident, these characteristics will bode well in a courtroom setting.
It's important that your lawyer can take direction from you, as well. Although they will control certain aspects of your case, such as filing motions and calling witnesses, the big decisions—including whether to plead guilty or go to trial—are up to you to decide. Look for a lawyer who takes the time to understand where your goals lie, and who actively integrates your input into the legal strategy.
If you have been accused of a crime, you can trust the attorneys at the Wynn Law Firm in Marianna & Panama City to have your best interests in mind. With extensive experience in criminal defense including but not limited to drug charges, felonies, and violation of probation, you will see the difference that passion and dedication can make for you or your loved ones. Our team at the Wynn Law Firm stands ready to represent you in Panama City, Marianna and the surrounding communities, whatever your need may be. To schedule a consultation, call 850-526-3520 today.