Prior to selecting a lawyer, speak with the bar association where you live so that you can find out if any kinds of complaints have been filed against that person. If they have some, read into them and make your judgments on whether you want to hire them.
You need to get a good lawyer immediately if you have been accused of a major crime. Be sure that you’re not trying to take on the case yourself, because you could end up being convicted of a crime. Lawyers have the experience necessary to take care of your situation. One great way to find a lawyer is to see what referrals your friends have. If someone you know has been happy with a particular lawyer, it stands to reason that he or she demonstrated great competence, diligence and courtesy.
Don’t give a lawyer money until you know what you are paying for and what you will be getting in return. Some lawyers want a retainer before they consider your case. A retainer is normally not included in the attorney’s rates. Instead, it is only used for having access to the lawyer.
Agree on a detailed timeline with your lawyer. Do they have an estimate of the case length? This will help you keep your expectation in check. Your legal fees will increase as time passes, as well as the amount of time you will need to take off work. Determine the court dates that you can go to without your lawyer. Often your presence is not needed at court dates as their purpose is to establish further court dates. Take a friend with you instead and save the money that would have gone to your attorney.
Do you think it wise to marry a person after only knowing them for a short period of time? No, you wouldn’t. And you shouldn’t hire the first attorney you meet with, either. You must date a lawyer like you would a prospective spouse by learning about their belifs, case history, background, confidence, experience, etc. Otherwise, you are virtually getting married after a blind date.