You have the right to have an attorney represent you if you have been charged with a crime. When starting your research on potential criminal defense lawyers, you might be overwhelmed by the choices. So how do you find the one for your case? By considering various factors, such as the attorney’s experience and practice areas. Because the legal counsel you retain can significantly impact your case, it’s important to carefully weigh your options and choose someone you feel comfortable with.
Attorney Tom Thomasian of The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq. recognizes the difficulties clients may face when deciding on a firm to hire. That is why he offers free initial consultations to potential clients in Rhode Island. Contact him at (401) 312-4385 today.
Factors to Consider When Deciding on Legal Representation
Navigating a criminal case, whether for a misdemeanor or felony, is difficult. The justice system is made up of a myriad of laws, rules, and procedures. Without a sound legal background, it can be hard to understand these and ensure that you abide by them.
A criminal defense attorney can make the process more manageable. However, not all legal representation is the same. And who you have by your side can either ease some of your worries and burdens or create greater frustrations.
Below are 5 factors you can consider when choosing a lawyer. The list is not exhaustive, and you may have other things you’re looking for during the selection process. Be sure to weigh your options against all relevant criteria.
The Attorney's Experience
Anyone accused of a crime faces an uphill battle. The criminal justice system is complex, and the stakes are high. That's why it's so crucial to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
An experienced lawyer deeply understands the law and knows how to navigate the court system. They have established relationships with judges, prosecutors, and other court personnel, which can be invaluable in building a solid defense. With their advanced knowledge, they can guide you through every step of your case and give you the confidence you need when fighting to protect your rights and future.
The Lawyer's Practice Areas
Not just any lawyer will do in a criminal case. Defending against a DUI is different from defending against sex crimes. You need an attorney familiar with fighting charges similar to yours and can give you insights into how these cases go. At the same time, recognize that every case is different and that no lawyer can guarantee a particular outcome.
While every case is unique, certain generalities can be applied. For example, many cases may go through similar processes, such as an arraignment, pre-trial conference, and trial. Your attorney should be able to help you understand what to expect at each stage of your case.
The Attorney's Availability
You'll have many questions during your criminal case. Look for a lawyer available to assist you at all hours of the day. You want to ensure you get answers when you need them and that your attorney is able to ease your worries and explain the processes involved in your case.
You need clear guidance, and you want an attorney who can respond promptly to your questions and concerns. While it's not always possible for an attorney to take your call immediately, you should expect a lawyer to get back to you as soon as possible and reply to your emails in a reasonable amount of time.
The Attorney's Legal Strategy and Approach
Not all criminal cases are the same, and one defense strategy can’t be uniformly applied. That’s why it’s important to have an attorney ready to listen to your side of the story and develop a unique defense for you.
Your attorney should have a well-thought-out approach to fighting criminal charges and be able to articulate their plan. By taking the time to understand your unique situation, they can develop a tailored legal strategy to pursue a favorable result on your behalf.
Your Level of Comfort with the Lawyer
Comfort is an important factor to consider when choosing a defense lawyer. During this difficult and unfamiliar period of your life, your lawyer will be the one standing by your side, working to protect your best interests. You must feel comfortable asking them questions and expressing your concerns. You should trust the answers they are giving you and feel confident in their counsel.
To get to know potential lawyers, schedule consultations with them. Whether in person or over video chat, assess how you feel about the attorney’s level of service. Do they answer your questions thoroughly? Do they make you feel like a priority?
Choosing a lawyer is a personal decision, and it is essential to choose someone with whom you feel comfortable.
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Attorney Tom Thomasian has the experience and knowledge to help with various criminal matters in Rhode Island. He is available 24/7 and provides sound advice and guidance to clients. Tom has also handled thousands of cases and has received favorable reviews from past clients.
To learn more about the legal services at The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq., please call (401) 312-4385 or submit an online contact form today.