Most people don’t have a dedicated lawyer who handles all legal affairs of their family. And even if that’s the case, every attorney has a more or less narrow specialization, and cannot be fully competent to practice both civil and criminal law, not to mention all the countless fields of each of them. However, sooner or later the necessity may arise – you might need legal help for signing a business contract, buy real estate, apply for an immigrant visa, file a divorce or you may even need a lawyer to represent you in a criminal investigation or to defend you in court. Finding the right lawyer is crucial as it may help avoid unnecessary legal problems in future as well as settle the current case successfully.
Searching for the right lawyer may seem like a no-brainer to some – just ask for referrals from a friend or family, take a public defender for a criminal charge settlement or go without a lawyer at all in some case that seems especially easy. But actually it is not so easy as a lot is at stake. Going to the driving under the influence hearing without a lawyer can cost you your driving license and, in some cases, a few years of freedom. Hiring a wrong kind of immigration attorney can make you a fraud victim or even make you an accomplice – without you even knowing it. On the other hand, with an experienced and skilled attorney at your side, the best outcome becomes much more possible. Therefore, it is necessary to learn and follow some guidelines when hiring a legal counsel. Here is what you should bear in mind before setting out on this task.
These sources might turn out to be very helpful. However, given the number of scammers out there, be careful so that you don’t fall victim to fraud. Don’t take anything you read or hear at face value. Take your time to find more information about the law firm you are about to contact, as most of them charge for consultations, and you surely don’t want to waste your time and money in vain. You may look out for logos of the American Bar Association, the NYSBA, if it’s a New York attorney, and other government organizations on their websites. But keep in mind that each case has its own peculiarities, and yours may not be like 99% of them.
Finding the right criminal defense attorney is especially important, since in this case a negative outcome may have extremely severe consequences. Unlike in civil courts, here penalties are much harsher, and may include decades in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Having a criminal offense on one’s record makes it very hard to find a good job and may ruin one’s professional and personal reputation. A skilled legal counsel can make all the difference in such a situation. Here are some guidelines on what to do before making the final choice.
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