You have been arrested and are currently facing severe criminal charges, including a crime. You’ve never been in trouble (or you may have) and you don’t know what to do, but you know you didn’t expect to be in jail this Christmas. You know that you need an attorney, but you have no friends or relatives who are lawyers and don’t know who to contact. There are some simple questions that any lawyer you hire to represent you needs to be asked, no matter who you end up recruiting. Do you want to learn more? Click Summit Defense.
Dealing with criminal law?
In days gone by, many lawyers were “general practise” lawyers that you could call if you were convicted, required a divorce, wanted a Final Will and Testament, or were involved in a car accident. A focus on one or two areas of law is now more popular for lawyers and law firms as the law has changed and become more complex. Many lawyers do not defend criminal defendants or, as a normal part of their practise, do not handle criminal trials. Therefore, you should possibly ask them if they treat criminal cases as a major part of their law practise before making a final decision on an attorney.
Can you handle the kind of case that I have been charged with?There are also lawyers specialising in certain kinds of cases among criminal lawyers, and lawyers who refuse to work with cases involving such crimes. Some defence lawyers, for example, work exclusively in state courts, while others also handle federal criminal cases. Usually, federal law is broadly uniform and can vary significantly from the norm of state criminal law. Nationally, there are attorneys who work to prosecute federal criminal cases. In addition, some attorneys refuse to deal with various forms of cases, such as DUI cases, murder or child sex, because of their own personal interests or prejudices. But before deciding which solicitor to hire, another question that you can ask is if they are familiar with the type of case you are currently facing.