Attempting to choose among the endless options of New York criminal defense lawyers to represent your case may seem like a daunting task. In fact, there are professional referral services that you can hire to help you search for an appropriate lawyer for your case. However, if you know how to search for and choose a lawyer, you can certainly handle the process yourself. Undoubtedly, it can be a time-consuming effort, but criminal charges are significant matters that should be handled seriously. Here are some things to consider when looking for a criminal defense attorney to represent your case.
Do Your Research
Many databases online provide credentials and client reviews for lawyers in your area, so use these to your advantage. Make sure to note how many years of experience each lawyer has been working in the field and if that experience has mostly been in your location. State laws can be very different and you want a lawyer that is familiar with the local laws in your area. In doing so, you may also find a lawyer who is familiar with the judges and prosecutors in the courts, which can be beneficial. It is also important to search for lawyers that specialize in the type of criminal defense that you need. There are many specialized fields of criminal law, with lawyers who spend most of their time working in these distinct fields. Find the type of attorney that you need and search accordingly.
Don’t Cheat Yourself
Additionally, do not get caught up with trying to find the most affordable lawyer. In this business, like most others, you get what you pay for. Because the outcome of your case could have significant and long-term effects on your life, you do not want to shortchange yourself. Remember that if you cannot afford to pay for a defense attorney, a court-appointed defense attorney will be assigned to you. This does not necessarily mean that you will not receive good representation. However, public defenders are often handling a large amount of work, so you may not get the personal attention that you would if you choose your own attorney.
Get To Know Your Candidates
Through your research, you should compile a short list of options that you believe fit your case best. In narrowing this list down to a final decision, do not be afraid to get in contact with the attorneys you are considering. You can even meet them to discuss your case and decide whether you feel comfortable working with them. If a lawyer tries to pressure you or you do not feel comfortable for any reason, walk away. Remember that this is a very important decision and you should not settle for the first option. In addition, be wary of lawyers who make promises, especially if they ask for a down payment for working on your case. A good lawyer will be honest with you about options and the truth of your situation, and he or she will not try to make more money than he or she deserves.
Contact Us Today
If you are living in Nassau County and need a good criminal defense lawyer who has a great deal of experience, call me, Jason Steinberger, at 646-256-1007. I have worked on thousands of criminal defense cases, and have served as a former New York State Criminal Prosecutor. I would be glad to provide you with an initial consultation, free of charge, to discuss your options with you. I can be reached by telephone 24/7 and look forward to speaking with you.