What should I look for in a criminal defense attorney?

Most importantly, you need an attorney with extensive experience defending against the specific charges you face. Most criminal defense attorneys focus on particular types of charges, and it is to your advantage to hire an attorney experienced in cases like yours.

You also want an attorney with experience in the courthouse where your case is pending. District attorneys’ offices have varying policies and prosecutorial strategies, and knowing these ahead of time prevents surprises and leads to optimal resolutions. Familiarity with judges and police officers is another advantage inherent to attorneys with local experience.

Finally, you want an attorney who appeals to you on a personal level. They should show concern for you as an individual, explain things in ways you can understand, and take the time to make sure they address all of your concerns.

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