How do I choose a good criminal defense lawyer? Do Professional associations/memberships matter? If I am looking for a criminal lawyer and the attorney I am looking for says "General Practice" does that mean he is not as qualified for my case?
Professional associations really only tell you how inclined the lawyer is to network. There are advantages to belong to various networks (listservs, seminars, etc.), assuming the lawyer takes advantage of them. General Practice usually means that the lawyer handles a variety of types of legal matters and, therefore, is less likely to have any real expertise in criminal law. If I were you, I would speak to several lawyers who identify themselves as "criminal defense" attorneys. In each of those interviews, I would find out how many criminal matters the lawyer has handled, how many trials and with what result, how many cases has she had dismissed as a result of her investigation, how many times has the lawyer successfully negotiated for a charge reduction or alternative sentencing. What in particular would the lawyer do in this case? What would the investigation look like? How realistic does the lawyer think your goals are? The more questions you ask the better you will be able to distinguish among the lawyers.
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Experience, experience, experience. Criminal defense lawyers need to know the law. They also need to know the nuts and bolts of court proceedings. You can study law all day long, spend time with professional organizations and spend lots of time on perfecting your internet image. But, at the end of the day, the greatest protection you have comes from the U.S. and State Constitutions. You are presumed innocent, and in every criminal case the government must prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury of your peers. Don't take that lightly. Attorneys can claim to be aggressive and experienced with wonderful web sites, but that doesn't mean that the have the ultimate weapon: Great trial skills.
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One word, EXPERIENCE. How did the attorney gain experience in criminal law? Have they ever worked on the other side, as a prosecutor, and for how long? How long have they practiced criminal defense? Have they handled major and high-profile cases, with success? To what degree are they familiar with the court where the case is located? Who do prosecutors, judges and other lawyers hire - who have they elected to head the local bar associations and who do they ask to speak to those groups on criminal law issues? Did they get their formal education at top schools, and rank high in their class? Have they ever been disciplined by the state bar? What is their AVVO ranking?