4 Things to Consider When Hiring a Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney

June 19, 2018

Under the U.S. Constitution, anyone who has been accused of a crime has the right to the defense of a lawyer, and it is the criminal defense attorney who represents a defendant both in and out of court. It’s important that you realize that a good criminal defense attorney brings much more to the table than a simple understanding of the law by the books. Indeed, if you are facing criminal charges and your freedom is in jeopardy, then there is no more important of a decision than who you hire as your criminal defense attorney. The difference between a good criminal defense attorney and a mediocre attorney could mean the difference between years of your life behind bars and a whole range of other consequences.

Here are four things that you should consider before you hire a criminal defense attorney, or before you accept a public defender.

Experience

Lawyers practice in all sorts of different fields, so it is crucial that you hire a criminal defense attorney who represents those accused of a crime rather than one who specializes in real estate deal. Beyond that, you should also ensure that the attorney has in-depth experience handling a similar line of cases. For instance, just because an attorney has 20 years of handling drug possession cases doesn’t mean he will be a good lawyer if you are facing fraud charges.

Communication

Open and clear lines of communication are crucial to the client-lawyer relationship. You want to ensure that your lawyer not only explains things in a way that you understand and make sense to you, but who you also feel comfortable communicating with. This relationship should be more akin to a partnership, and one which you feel confident working with.

Track Record

As you compare a number of different attorneys, you may find there are similarities in terms of their level of experience and their specialties. This is why it is important to also consider the attorney’s track record and level of success. You should feel free to ask directly about their success rate in similar cases and have the ability to speak with past clients. Remember, you are also interviewing the lawyer and hiring them for a very important job: representing you in the court of law as you face criminal charges.

Local Familiarity

Criminal defense attorneys are often “regulars” in the criminal justice system, who get to know judges, prosecutors, probation officers, and police officers, and who have a working relationship or at least passing familiarity with these individuals. This can be of huge importance when they know the reputations of those they are dealing with, who is open to striking deals or negotiating for leniency, and even having a familiarity with procedures and customs of local courts in order to help ensure things go smoothly.

Hiring a criminal defense attorney is not a decision that you should take lightly, indeed it can be one of the most important decisions you take as you face criminal charges. In some cases, your very freedom hangs in the balance.

The attorneys at Fears Nachawati are experienced in representing all manner of criminal defense cases, ranging from serious felonies to Class C misdemeanors. The legal team at Fears Nachawati has experienced criminal defense attorneys who specialize in a wide range of crimes, who are based throughout the state of Texas, and we are passionate about helping others navigate the complicated legal world. You can be assured that we will fight for you and your legal rights, and that no case is too big or too small for us to take on.

Don’t delay in reaching out to the experienced attorneys at Fears Nachawati for your free, no obligation legal consultation to discuss the specifics of your case. Please call (866) 705-7584 or visit the offices of Fears Nachawati located throughout the great state of Texas, including in Houston, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, and San Antonio.

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