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How to Hire a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

If the federal government is investigating you or has charged you with a crime, your best course of action is to hire a competent defense lawyer with experience handling cases like yours. In your search for an attorney, you can increase your chances of success by paying attention to certain key details in a lawyer’s practice. The federal government prosecutes thousands of citizens every year for many types of crimes, so defense attorneys must specialize in handling only certain types of cases. The best lawyer for you will be one with experience handling cases similar to yours.

Find a lawyer with experience

An experienced lawyer will have the skills necessary to research relevant case law, persuade a judge and jury of your innocence and help you stay out of jail while you’re awaiting trial. While many experienced lawyers offer criminal defense services, the right attorney for you will have extensive knowledge of the laws relevant to your case.

Ensure your lawyer has experience handling cases like yours

Federal criminal defense law has a steep learning curve, and an inexperienced lawyer will still be learning how to operate in a courtroom. When you work with an experienced lawyer, you’ll benefit from your attorney’s confidence and familiarity with the legal process. According to U.S. Courts, the judicial process includes pretrial, trial and sentencing phases, and each phase requires the attendance of both you and your lawyer. Whether you’re facing charges of drug trafficking, armed robbery or healthcare fraud, you should hire a lawyer with a track record of winning similar cases.

Schedule an initial consultation

Many defense lawyers offer free initial consultations with no obligation to retain their services. During your initial consultation, you’ll have a chance to tell your side of the story with no federal authorities present. While it may be tempting to hire a lawyer based on friendliness or customer service skills, you should base your final decision on a lawyer’s knowledge, experience and expertise.

Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions

To get an idea of a lawyer’s area of competence, ask direct questions about his or her previous cases and knowledge of the relevant law. Pay attention to a lawyer’s communication skills during your initial consultation and try to imagine him or her arguing your case before a court.

Find out how much an attorney will charge

Legal representation entails significant costs, and lawyers must charge fees based on their time, expertise and area of specialization. During an initial consultation, find out how an attorney will charge you and what the fees will be. If you agree to retain a lawyer’s counsel and fail to pay, your lawyer could place a lien on your property or sue you for the costs.

Flat fees

Some lawyers charge a flat fee for their representation. In this case, you’ll know exactly how much you’ll owe before the trial begins. Flat fees are common in criminal trials, especially when the defendant is facing charges of violent or aggravated crime.

Hourly charges

Your lawyer may charge by the hour if you’re dealing with charges of financial crime. White-collar crime, such as insurance and healthcare fraud, is non-violent by definition, but the penalties for such crimes can still be severe. In addition to various forms of fraud, white-collar crime can include identity theft, money laundering and corporate self-dealing, according to the FBI.

Specialist charges

In rare cases, your trial may require specialized legal counsel. If the FBI has charged you with a federal internet crime, for example, you may need a lawyer with special expertise in the relevant law for all or part of your case.

Hire an attorney with integrity

Honesty and integrity are two of the most important qualities for any attorney. A lawyer who seems arrogant or overconfident should give you pause in your final hiring decision. An honest lawyer won’t necessarily tell you what you want to hear, but you’ll be better off hearing the truth than empty promises about an unlikely outcome.

Direct and plainspoken

If a lawyer doesn’t answer your questions in a direct and plainspoken way, it could be a sign that he or she is unwilling to be truthful. While you may feel uncomfortable talking about the more serious aspects of your case, it’s important to bring these subjects out into the open. Your lawyer should answer your toughest questions with professionalism and sincerity.

Concerned for your welfare

Ideally, your lawyer should care about your welfare and want to help you overcome the obstacles in your path. Whether you’ve committed a crime or you’re wrongly accused, you’ll stand a better chance of winning your case with a lawyer who cares about what happens to you.

Hardworking and diligent

Most lawyers are hardworking professionals, but it’s important to know that your lawyer will work diligently on your behalf. Before you hire a lawyer, ask how often he or she takes cases to trial. Some lawyers pressure their clients to accept plea deals so that they won’t face the possibility of losing a case. An honest, diligent lawyer will never ask you to accept an unsatisfactory deal. However, in some cases, a plea bargain may be the best option, so be prepared to accept a good offer when it comes along.


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