How to Hire the Right Lawyer in Your Criminal Case
Updated: May 7
At The Town Law LLC we get calls everyday from clients in Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia who are facing criminal charges. In many cases they are unsure of what the right next step is after they are arrested. In today's heavily saturated lawyer market, people who recently got arrested will get inundated with calls, mailings, text messages, emails, and brochures from countless attorneys telling them why they should represent the person in their criminal case. Before making a decision it is essential to know the information below in order to make sure you are making the best decision.
Explain to the Attorney What Happened Regarding Your Arrest
Whenever you are speaking with an attorney about your case for the first time, it is important that you explain clearly exactly what happened that led to the charges against you being filed. It is often where even a minor detail relating to an arrest can make a huge difference in how your matter will be handled. While discussing the facts of the case, be mindful of how the attorney is responding to you. Make sure that when you are discussing what happened, the attorney is attentive to you and asks questions about specific facts as you tell them.
Don't Always Hire the First Attorney
You're scared. You're worried about what is to come. You just got arrested and haven't slept all night and just want to fix the problem immediately. We get it. The most important thing to remember is that you will be able to handle your particular case in due time and you do not need to let your emotions get the best of you. Do not let an attorney take advantage of your anxieties and worries. Listen to what they have to say, explain to them that you will need time to explore your options and you will let them know in the near future about whether or not you choose them to represent you. Remember you are in control!
Don't Get Scared into Hiring an Attorney
A practice seen way too often in our field is when lawyers will tell the client the worst case scenarios right from the outset of their first conversation with them. This tactic is often used to scared the person into hiring the attorney immediately. Remember, while an arrest is a traumatic experience, it is often never as bad as it seems and RARELY do people get sentenced to the maximum sentence. It is important to note that, the more scared and worried an attorney is making you feel... that is generally a sign that you should explore other options.
Put That Credit Card Down!
Do not start shelling out money to attorney you just started talking to 5 minutes ago on the phone. WAIT and relax. There is going to be plenty of time to make payments. Attorneys are master salesmen and they know how to convince you to pay them immediately without ever giving you the opportunity to take some time and think things over. Remember it is your case not anyone else's.
Do Some Research
In this ever expanding digital world, it is easy to look up attorneys and learn more about them and their experience. Take some time to see who it was you were just speaking to on the phone. While they may be smooth talkers over the phone, they may not have the credentials or client reviews online to back it up.
Go with Your Gut
Probably the most important thing to do is to choose who you think is the best fit for you. Pennsylvania has some of the best attorneys in the country and people choose differently. What is important for your case is that you and the attorney you pick can work together effectively in getting the outcome you desire.
Who Should I Contact First Regarding My Case?
At The Town Law, we understand just how stressful facing criminal charges can be. With our vast experience handling criminal cases throughout Bucks County, Delaware County, Chester County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania, we are well-equipped to ensure you get the best result possible with attentive attorneys by your side throughout the process. Contact our firm today for a free consultation. Our staff of experienced attorneys is dedicated to the best outcomes for all of our clients.