When it comes to hiring a criminal lawyer, there is no shortage of options.
A quick search on Google will yield hundreds of results in your local area, and many more nationally, all claiming to be the very best criminal lawyers in the country. So how do you select the right criminal lawyer for you?
- Specific Experience
Criminal law is a broad discipline. In fact, attempting to name all the crimes in existence and their variants would be an enormous task. When seeking a criminal lawyer, look for someone who has specific and meaningful experience in the area of expertise you require. Ask if they have taken on cases like yours before, and what they see as the key to success in your particular scenario. “Experienced in criminal law,” is far too generalistic, you are seeking someone who understands the specifics of your particular case.
- Flexibility and Maturity
Some lawyers are eager to get to court; their speciality may be in litigation or they may enjoy the limelight. Likewise, some lawyers will avoid court at all costs, given the option. Seek out a lawyer who will look at a case, and all the possibilities, and make decisions based on their merits. Perhaps there are more options available to you than going to court and arguing your case. A lawyer with flexibility and understanding will seek out the best possible avenue, rather than have a one-track mind.
- Local Knowledge
The very best criminal lawyer with specific experience and an eagerness to get you the best possible outcome may still not be the right person for the job. Do they know the judges? Do they have an understanding of local law? This is especially important in Australia, where different states have different laws, and local lawyers have a knowledge of local judges.
Local knowledge can be the difference between a good result and a disastrous one.
Your lawyer must be someone you trust. In criminal cases you are going to have to be open and honest with them, talk about uncomfortable scenarios and potentially put your freedom in their hands. Make sure that when you sit down with your lawyer, you feel comfortable talking to them and that they are someone who you could work with. Ask about the case, talk about their approach and experience, and decide whether they are the right person for you.