Federal crimes may be punishable by years or even decades in prison, substantial fines and other harsh penalties. Regardless of the charges that you face today, you cannot afford to navigate through the complex legal process on your own. While it is important to hire a criminal defense lawyer to represent you today, you should not rush into your selection for legal counsel. Everything from your lawyer’s communication skills to his or her legal expertise can work for or against you. What should you know before you select an attorney to represent you?
An Experienced Expert in Your Corner
Your criminal defense lawyer will work diligently to build a solid case in your favor, and he or she will present the case in a logical, influential manner. More than that, your attorney will actively ensure that your civil rights are not violated at any point throughout the process. This begins with the reading of your Miranda rights at the time of your arrest, and it extends through questioning, the collection of evidence and more. From the point when federal authorities begin investigating you until after the time of sentencing, many long months or years can pass. You need to have a legal expert in your corner every step of the way rather than only at the trial.
Advice and Representation Throughout the Case
There are many reasons why an accused individual may avoid hiring a criminal defense lawyer early in the process. For example, some people may think that they can save money on legal fees by hiring an attorney farther along in the process. However, it is in your best interest to start searching for the right lawyer to represent you as soon as possible.
In fact, even during the investigation before charges are filed, an accused party may take action or make statements that could be incriminating. If you have legal representation this early in the process, your criminal defense attorney may provide crucial advice that can positively impact the severity of the charges against you or the outcome of the case down the road.
Once charges are filed, your attorney can be active in representing you at the initial hearing and ensuring that bail is established at a fair level. Keep in mind that many steps in the legal process occur between the time of the initial hearing and the trial. These steps include discovery, reviewing plea bargain offers and making pre-trial motions. In some cases, the criminal defense attorney can work to have charges reduced or even dropped before the matter is brought to trial.
From child pornography and bank robbery to white-collar crimes and more, the types of crimes that fall under the federal umbrella are diverse. Your attorney ideally will have specific experience working on cases like yours, and he or she may have effective defense strategies in mind. However, it can still take many long weeks or months to build an effective defense. Often, this process starts immediately after charges are filed. By consulting with a lawyer as soon as possible, you are ensuring that your lawyer has enough time to build the most effective defense possible for your case.
The Importance of Specialization
While there are numerous criminal lawyers in Fort Worth who you could consult with today, you should refine the scope of your search to those specific individuals who have experience that is relevant to your case. For example, a lawyer with experience working on white-collar crimes cases likely is not the most well-qualified individual for a felony drug distribution charge. More than that, there are a variety of crimes that may fall under different niches. For example, sex crimes can range from child pornography and rape to internet sex crimes and more. The defense strategies used for one type of case could differ dramatically from another. In addition, specific laws and case law will vary.
With this in mind, your preferred criminal defense lawyer will specialize in a relevant legal niche and will have specific experience working on your type of case. You can learn about specializations on a law firm’s website, but you may need to ask focused questions during a consultation to learn about specific work experiences. During that consultation, you should also inquire about case outcomes.
Contact Our Law Firm for a Consultation
Spodek Law Group is the criminal defense legal team that you can count on for attentive service and skilled representation throughout your case. Our experienced lawyers work on a wide range of federal-level cases, and these include everything from sex crimes to drug crimes, fraud and more. It is never too early to consult with a lawyer about a criminal investigation that you are targeted in or about charges that have been filed against you. To request a consultation with our criminal defense team in Fort Worth, contact Spodek Law Group today.
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