Posted By : Alisha Wood | Date : 03-03-2016
If you are arrested and charged with a crime, a good lawyer in your court can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Criminal charges, including DUI offenses, can carry stiff penalties that include hefty fines, probation and even jail time. There are many reasons why selecting the right lawyer for your case matters not only in the short-term, but the months and even years ahead as well.
What a Good Attorney Can Do for You
There are many potential advantages a good attorney can bring to your case:
Work closely with the prosecutor to determine specific charges filed against you and negotiate a plea bargain if appropriate. Prosecutors are much more likely to work with defense attorneys they know than defendants directly.
Keep you updated throughout the legal process and provide objective insight into how your case is moving forward and what you might expect from the outcome.
Identify legal rules and regulations that directly apply to your case that you would be unlikely to find on your own. Many of the rules used during criminal investigations involve prior cases or regulations buried deep within the laws of the state that you are probably not aware of.
Navigate your case through the many “unwritten” rules and nuances of your state’s specific court system that could have an impact on your case. For example, knowing exactly who to talk to or which investigators will unearth the best evidence in your case will make the entire process more efficient and more successful.
Gather evidence and testimony from witnesses and others involved in your case. Most people will be much more willing to talk to an attorney involved with the case than a defendant directly.
Commit the time, expertise and effort on your case required for a positive outcome, which allows you to focus on the other details of your life while your case is being handled by the professionals.
Choosing a Criminal Defense Attorney
In your search for the best defense attorney for your specific case, there are many factors to consider. You will want to meet with a few different attorneys to determine which professional will fit your needs best. Keep in mind that experience, particularly in your specific type of case, is far more valuable than the lawyer that charges the lowest rate. This is particularly true in light of some of the far-reaching penalties you may be facing.
Some of the features to look for in a defense attorney include:
•Experience in the specific charges you are facing
•Experience in jury trials, in the event your case goes to trial
•Any disciplinary action with the State Bar
•Willingness to explain the process, answer questions
It is also important to ask a prospective attorney about rates up front, so you know what to expect from the financial portion of your arrangement. Defense attorneys may either charge by the hour or charge a flat rate for your case. You can also ask about payment options and if any financing plans are available.
Alisha Wood is a Southern California defense attorney with experience in all types of criminal defense. She will help you navigate the complexities of the California legal process and work to get you the best possible outcome from your case. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of Alisha A. Wood at 619-356-2249.