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How do I choose an attorney?

If you are facing a criminal charge, no matter how minor it may seem, you need an experienced defense attorney to help you to understand the charges against you, available defenses, possible outcomes, and consequences if you are convicted.

Firstly, you want an attorney who concentrates his or her practice in criminal defense. Think about it like this, you wouldn’t want a foot doctor to perform heart surgery, so don’t hire a family-law attorney to fight your criminal charge. Most attorneys’ websites will describe their primary area of practice. You also want to determine that the lawyer is authorized to practice law in the appropriate jurisdiction.

Talk to the attorney. Many attorneys offer a free consultation, which provides the client an opportunity to speak with the attorney over the phone or face-to-face. You should be able to get a sense of the attorney, and determine if you feel comfortable with them or not. You must be able to trust your attorney.

Voice any questions or concerns you may have. Pay attention to the answers, as well as their willingness to address your questions. Also, find out how that attorney likes to communicate (email, phone, text, etc.), and determine if that method of communication works for you. Remember, hiring an attorney is not a “one-size fits all” process, and everyone has different qualities and personalities they are looking for when hiring an attorney.

Remember, there are no guarantees in a criminal case. Be very suspicious of an attorney who promises you a specific outcome or result. At the Law Offices of Rachel M. Loebl, the only guarantee we can make is that we will diligently seek to protect your rights, and that you will receive the best possible representation we can offer.

 

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