One mistake many people who are a charged with a crime make is failing to retain a qualified attorney at their earliest opportunity. Some hope to defend themselves in court, others put their faith in public defenders, while a few contact the first attorney they find during a basic search for representation. Unfortunately, these three methods for picking attorneys can seriously hurt a person’s chances of receiving reduced charges or having a case dismissed. Knowing how to choose a qualified criminal defense attorney can greatly influence how your case is resolved.
Research has shown that over 85% of consumers consult online reviews before making any purchases or major decisions. If you are a person who will not order food or purchase a pair of shoes without searching for reviews or outside references, do not retain an attorney without doing the same. Always check your attorney’s references to verify education and the outcome of major cases in which he or she was involved. A good lawyer who is professional and honest will have good feedback from past clients or associates. While even the best attorneys may have some negative reviews, a reliable attorney will have an overwhelming majority of positive feedback and praise from past clients.