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How to Choose the Right Federal Defense Attorney for Your Case

By Spodek Law Group | October 19, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 21, 2023)

Last Updated on: 21st October 2023, 08:48 am


How to Choose the Right Federal Defense Attorney for Your Case

Finding the right federal defense attorney can feel overwhelming. But having the right legal counsel on your side can make all the difference in reaching the best possible outcome in your case. Here’s some guidance on what to look for and questions to ask when choosing a federal defense lawyer.

Understand the Charges Against You

The first step is to understand exactly what you’ve been charged with. Federal crimes often carry more severe penalties than state crimes. Some common federal offenses include:

  • Drug crimes
  • Fraud
  • Tax evasion
  • Bribery
  • Counterfeiting
  • Cybercrimes

Knowing the specifics of the charges will help you find an attorney well-versed in that area of federal law. Don’t just read the statute yourself online and assume you understand it fully. Consult with a lawyer to be sure you know what you’re up against.

Look for an Experienced Federal Practitioner

Not every defense attorney has extensive experience in federal court. Federal cases operate very differently than state cases in terms of processes, sentencing guidelines, and more. It’s ideal to find a lawyer who regularly handles federal cases specifically.

Ask any attorney you’re considering:

  • How many federal cases have you worked on in your career?
  • How many federal cases did you handle last year?
  • What percent of your current caseload is federal?

Their expertise and connections in the federal system will be invaluable in developing your defense strategy.

Consider Their Track Record with Similar Cases

Beyond just federal experience, you’ll want a lawyer who has represented many clients facing charges like yours. Ask for specifics:

  • How many [fraud, drug crime, cybercrime, etc.] cases have you handled?
  • What were the outcomes in those cases?
  • Do you have experience defending against the specific charges I’m facing?

An attorney who is very familiar with the particular charges will know what strategies and defenses have been successful in the past. They’ll have insight into how local judges and prosecutors tend to approach such cases too.

Make Sure They Have Trial Experience

While you hope to get your charges dismissed or reach a favorable plea deal, you need your lawyer to be ready and able to take your case to trial if it comes to that. Ask:

  • How many federal jury trials have you handled in your career?
  • When was the last federal trial you did?
  • What was the outcome in that trial and others you’ve done recently?

An attorney who pursues trials regularly will be prepared and confident if your case does go before a jury. Their reputation with judges and prosecutors may make them more likely to secure a better deal too.

Consider Resources and Expertise

Beyond their own specific experience, consider what resources the attorney has access to. Ask:

  • Do you utilize investigators and forensic experts?
  • Do you partner with other attorneys who can assist?
  • Do you have connections to legal experts who may serve as witnesses?

Having access to professionals in various specialties – both in building your defense and as potential witnesses – gives you an advantage.

Understand Their Fees Up Front

Federal defense attorneys often charge $200-$500+ per hour. Make sure you understand their rates and fee structure before committing. Key questions:

  • What is your hourly rate?
  • Do you charge a flat fee for certain parts of a case?
  • Do you offer payment plans?
  • What expenses should I expect beyond your fees?

Get quotes from multiple lawyers so you can compare. Know what you’ll owe so there are no surprises down the road.

Consider Location and Availability

Ideally, your lawyer will be located near the court handling your case. That makes meetings and court appearances easier. If not, make sure they can travel to represent you. Ask:

  • Are you located in/able to travel to [city] where my case is?
  • How accessible are you by phone/email if I have questions?
  • Can you accommodate my work schedule for meetings?

You want an attorney who will be readily available, especially as your court dates approach.

Gauge Their Personality and Style

This is someone you’ll be working very closely with for months or years. Look for an attorney who makes you feel comfortable, but that also has the right temperament for your needs. Are they:

  • Aggressive or low-key?
  • Straightforward or more strategic?
  • Detail-oriented or big picture focused?

Consider what communication style would work best for you too. This comes down to personal preference.

Ask About Their Case Load

You don’t want an attorney who’s juggling too many cases to give you sufficient attention. Ask:

  • How many active cases are you working on right now?
  • Will you personally handle every aspect of my case?
  • Do you rely on associates or paralegals?

Make sure your case gets the dedicated, personal attention it deserves.

Interview Multiple Attorneys

Speaking to several lawyers helps you compare expertise, fees, and personality. You want to make the right choice for your situation and needs. Don’t rush into a decision based on a single consultation.

Once you’ve selected your attorney, make sure you understand the game plan. Ask:

  • What are our next steps? What’s our overall strategy?
  • How will we build my defense?
  • What are possible outcomes and how can we get the best result?

Having an experienced federal defense lawyer you trust by your side can make navigating the federal justice system much less intimidating. Do your research to find the right attorney for you.


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