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If you or a loved one was arrested and charged with a crime, it’s imperative that you hire a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more difficult it can be to obtain all necessary evidence to help defend you. Contact J.B. Katz, P.C. today for a free consultation.
How to Choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you were arrested, you probably already know that you need to hire a criminal defense attorney. If you don’t have much experience with the criminal justice system, you might be wondering how you are supposed to choose a lawyer. The following are tips to determine who is the best lawyer for you:
Do Not Hire The Least Expensive Lawyer
It’s completely understandable that you want to spend as little money as possible when hiring a lawyer. While it’s okay to shop around and compare prices, it’s never a good idea to choose a lawyer based solely on their price. Choosing the least expensive attorney means you could be hiring someone who doesn’t care about your case or isn’t very experienced. You are always better off hiring someone who knows the law and has a lot of experience handling criminal cases. Otherwise, you could end up losing much more money down the line. You could spend time in jail and be unable to work, which means you lose out on income. You’ll likely need to hire another lawyer to handle appeals and to try to correct the mistakes the previous lawyer made, so you aren’t actually saving any money by hiring the most inexpensive attorney.
Choose a Lawyer Who Specializes in Criminal Law
You probably already know that you should hire a lawyer who has many years or decades of experience in the legal field. However, it’s even more important to hire a lawyer who specializes in criminal law. If you hire a lawyer who has 30 years of experience, but they’ve never handled a criminal case or have only handled a few, their experience is meaningless. It’s always smart to hire a lawyer who handles only criminal cases. You can be certain that they are familiar with the legal system and will have the knowledge and insight that it takes to win your case.
Hire a Local Attorney
One of the most important qualities you can look for in a criminal defense lawyer is where they’re from and where they practice. If you hire a local lawyer who routinely practices where you were charged with a crime, you’re almost always going to have an edge over a lawyer who isn’t from the area. Local attorneys will have inevitably worked with the judges and prosecutors many times. When you hire a lawyer who has these relationships, everyone will know to take your case seriously. The prosecutor will likely offer you a better deal because they know that your attorney knows the law and has the experience needed to win your case.
Contact a Summit County Criminal Defense Attorney Today
With more than 20 years of experience, I have the knowledge and dedication to get you the best possible outcome for your case. I treat all of my clients like I would want my own friends and family to be treated, so you can rest assured that I will put my all into handling your case. I handle all types of criminal cases in Breckenridge, Summit County, Dillon, and around Colorado, so don’t hesitate to reach out, regardless of what you’re charged with. I completely understand how devastating it can be to get arrested or to see someone you love get arrested. For a free initial consultation about your case, please call my Breckenridge office at (970) 453-5533 or send me an email.