When you are facing a criminal charge, the first thing to do is to seek the help of a criminal lawyer. You could ask for a recommendation from your family or friend. If none, you could look on the net or even local newspapers for criminal lawyers that could help you with your case.
If you are charged with a criminal offense then you will need the services of a criminal attorney to help you build a defense case and argue it in court. Aside from this, your attorney can help to get you bail, represent you at the pre-trial hearing and offer advice and support throughout your case. If you have previous criminal convictions then you may wish to use the same criminal attorney as in the past. If this is the first offense then you will need to source an attorney yourself to represent you.
A good first step into finding a criminal attorney is to ask around family and friends for personal recommendations. They are the people who will be most likely to be able to recommend who meets your needs and it always worth following up on recommendations from past clients.
The internet provides a wealth of websites that can put you in touch with attorneys in your local area. Legal directory sites will list the contact details and often profiles of lawyers working in your state. You will need to perform a simple search by entering your zip code and case type and you will be returned with a list of lawyers in your area matching your requirements. Some sites offer more information than others and not every lawyer will be on every site, so it is worth doing some research with two or three.
Check out local newspapers, printed media and paper-based directories for adverts from attorneys in your area. Whilst these adverts may not give away much information, there may be website addresses included so you can check them out further. None the less a quick phone call can help you decide if you should consult with them further. Another option is to ask for a referral from the local bar association. You are under no obligation to hire the lawyer they put you in touch with, but do be aware that if you do you may have to pay the bar association a referral fee.
Finally, you need to bear in mind that not every criminal attorney will deal with every type of criminal case, so you need to be sure you meet with those who specialize in your type of case. Make a shortlist of four or five to consult with before deciding on whom to hire.
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