Questions to Ask a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Whether you have been charged with a DUI, a theft crime, or any other criminal offense, you are likely very concerned about your future. The situation may seem hopeless, but it is not. Florida criminal defense lawyers understand that not everyone charged with a crime is guilty and that there are many defenses to the different offenses in the state. Unfortunately, not all criminal defense lawyers are created equal and the one you choose for your case may make all the difference. So, how do you ensure that you are working with a lawyer that is right for your case? You can start by asking them the questions below.

How Many Years Have You Practiced Criminal Law?

You do not want to work with an attorney that has never appeared in court, or that is taking on their very first case by working on yours. You must ensure that your lawyer has the necessary experience to know what hurdles they may face in your case, and how to overcome them. Always ask about the attorney’s experience, and their track record of success.

What is Your Area of Expertise?

Not all criminal defense lawyers take on all types of criminal cases. Some specialize in DUIs, while others may work mainly on cases involving drug offenses. You want to work with an attorney that has taken on your type of case before, and that has seen success with them.

What Approach will You Use for My Case?

Even when two people are charged with the same offense, no two cases are exactly the same. As such, you should always ask your defense lawyer what approach they will use for your case. Their answer will tell you what you can expect, so you can determine if that approach sounds right for you. For example, if you are innocent, you may not want to work with an attorney that pushes for a plea deal.

Will You Handle My Case?

It is not uncommon for a senior partner to meet with a potential client and then hand off the case to an associate or another attorney in the firm. Although this is not necessarily a bad thing, you should ask this question so that if someone else is handling your case, you can ask to meet with that attorney as well.

How Much will You Charge for My Case?

Criminal defense lawyers typically charge an hourly or flat fee. Both fee structures are valid, but you should know what your attorney will charge you so you are not surprised in the end. Additionally, having an understanding of the attorney’s fees will be of great help when you are comparing attorneys and determining which one is right for you.

Our Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers can Help with Your Case

Facing criminal charges is very scary, but at O’Mara Law Group, our Orlando criminal defense attorneys can help. Our knowledgeable lawyers have the necessary experience with many different offenses to effectively handle your case, and give you the best chance of a positive outcome. Call us today at 407-634-6604 or contact us online to schedule a consultation and to learn more about how we can help.


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