Sometimes things don’t go as planned. And sometimes, that includes something disastrous happening, and you find yourself in need of a good Miami criminal attorney. Now, of course you need to find that attorney quickly, but you don’t want to make a rash choice on something that is going to have such a big impact in your life. Quite simply, choosing the wrong lawyer can mean losing your freedom for a very long time.
So, even though this is a decision that you will have to make quickly, you want to make sure that you make the right decision. Make sure that you do your research and find a good lawyer, not just the first one that you can find. And make sure that you are looking for the right kind of lawyer. While a Miami white collar crime attorney might be very effective in white collar cases, I would not choose one if I was facing drug charges. Different cases call for different attorneys, and this is a very important point to keep in mind.
One way that you might be able to find a good lawyer is through a referral. If any of your friends or contacts have faced a similar situation, by all means ask them about their experience with their lawyer. If they can point you in the direction of a good lawyer, that is the best way to find a good one. However, in many cases, your network will not have a great referral for you. So what do you do then?
First, search the internet. You can find a lot of lawyers who specialize in what you need by searching for it. Look at their websites, look at their awards and certifications, but don’t base your decision on this alone. I would also recommend looking on sites like avvo.com and yelp.com to check on the lawyer’s reputation. How have they been rated in the past and what do others have to say about them. If you see lots of negative reviews, do not choose that lawyer. However, if you see a lot of great reviews, that might be the right lawyer for you.
Once you have narrowed your choices to a few lawyers, you want to make sure that you interview them thoroughly. Do not be shy in this process. Too much is riding on you picking the right lawyer for your situation. You will want to ask the lawyers about their past results in similar cases, why you should choose them, and about whether they have experience in similar cases. Remember, you do not have to like your lawyer, but you do have to trust that he or she will be able to convince a jury of your innocence, so you will want to find a persuasive speaker.
You will also want to ask about the fee structure that they use. It doesn’t do you much good to find the perfect lawyer only to find out that there is no way that you can afford him or her. Find this out early and use it as a quick way to eliminate those that are simply too expensive.
The size of the firm can also make a difference to you. Smaller firms will offer more personal attention, while a larger firm may offer more prestige and more manpower. You have to decide what you think will be more beneficial to you in your individual case.