WHAT YOU SHOULD BE SUSPICIOUS ABOUT IN
SEARCHING OUT ANY ATTORNEY
. . . LACK OF EXPERIENCE
. . . LACK OF EASY ACCESS TO THE COURT
. . . PRICES THAT ARE A LITTLE TOO REASONABLE
. . . UNDISCLOSED THEORIES OF YOUR DEFENSE
. . . UNSUPPORTED CLAIMS OF VICTORY
Allow me to explain
a.) LACK OF EXPERIENCE. It goes without saying, the more times an attorney completes any given task, the more likely it is to stick within his knowledge. Regrettably, clients are often lured by price over practice. Often an inexperienced attorney is only comfortable at giving in and not knowing when; how; and whether he should push back. Neither has he gained a bank of files and knowledge from which he can effectively draw from if his client demands a battle. Likewise, the same attorney does not have the experience to inform his client as to the likelihood of success at trial. People must understand, Prosecutors can oftentimes be in your face, and unreasonable. You are best served with an attorney with experience that knows how to push back.
b.) LACK OF EASY ACCESS TO THE COURT. Should you hire an attorney, seek first an attorney close to the courthouse. Why? Because that attorney needs to attend court on more than one occasion. Should an attorney be willing to drive more than 15 miles to the courthouse, you should ask yourself, "why would this attorney drive this distance for this modest fee?" The prospect is that the attorney is motivated by economics. The same attorney is reasonably not inclined to travel and return for a trial if required. This is why my firm remains largely local with little exception.
c.) PRICES THAT ARE NOT REASONABLE. We all want to assume that we received the best fee for the best service available. However, be cautious. If the fee is too cheap, or you feel inside you got the better end of the deal, the odds are you did not. Attorneys willing to go to battle, must be paid a reasonable fee. I battle to earn your service, and I do this by struggling to keep your fee within reason. I'm going to charge you a fee that is reasonable and does not force me to sacrifice your best interests. Be careful of this pitfall.
d.) UNDISCLOSED THEORIES OF YOUR DEFENSE. When you meet with an attorney your interview should take a couple of hours. The attorney needs to gather up front as much detail as possible. He should review the officers incident report; the probable cause affidavit; any witness statements, etc. He should thereupon have some idea of what he has to offer. If not, be suspect. I pride myself that I am generally on target as to my initial impressions. Should you meet with an attorney that is unable to formulate any initial statement of impression, the lack of attorney's experience, or acumen is calling out to you. "Be careful."
e.) UNSUPPORTED CLAIMS OF VICTORY. If anything, the internet created a parth for attorneys to falsely claim victories when none has occurred. Case in point, I have repeatedly observed attorney's represent facts such as, "my client was facing 9 years in jail our victory secured him only 3 years in jail." Frequently, such statements are misleading. Here the sentencing guidelines might have recommended 3 years in jail. Be so very careful. The best source of measure is trial experience. Otherwise, you are likely to be hiring a "plea peddler." This attorney is proud to announce his past performance. As a Prosecutor, I was unmatched. As a defense attorney, I have remained at the top of my game. Ask me about my case history. In summary I have handled cases ranging from the Median Drug Cartel; Manslaughter; Capital Sexual Battery charges, to virtually every other Felony and Misdemeanor case with success.