If you have been arrested and charged with a felony crime then you are
facing some very serious consequences. This is not a time to second
guess your future. Your best course of action is to find a competent
and experienced criminal defense lawyer who can handle your case. There
are many approaches to take when looking for a qualified felony lawyer.
The most important thing to remember is that you want someone on your
side that will be defending you with all their expertise and resources.
Ways to find a lawyer
Referral from friend or family
The most common way people find felony lawyers is through a personal referral. Quite often you might not even know a friend or family member ever called upon the services of a felony lawyer until you ask them. The mere fact that this person isn't serving jail time is proof that their felony lawyer got the job done.
If you do get a referral don't just accept that the lawyer is "good." Find out what made them good. Are they available to answer any questions or do they have trouble returning calls? Are they going to be charging for every little item? Are they familiar with the legal jurisdiction where your case will be heard? In other words, get to the heart of the matter with what made this lawyer work for your friend.
Ask another attorney
Another type of referral could be with a lawyer you're working with on a different matter such as a tax or estate attorney. Just like doctors can offer recommendations for specialists, lawyers are also quite familiar with the attorneys working in the specific area of the law such as criminal defense.
Use the yellow page
When a felony lawyer referral isn't an option, you can turn to the internet to find a capable lawyer to handle your case. Yes, looking a lawyer up in a phonebook can work as well but you won't have access the same amount of history and experience information that you would find on the internet. Remember, a company only puts their best foot forward when they are paying for an ad - do your research!
As with any business, you have to consider how a felony lawyer is presenting themselves. If their website is informative, well presented and provides answers to a lot of your questions then it's worth calling up for a consultation. On the other hand, if the website is no frills and lacks information about the lawyer and the cases they handle they might not be the best choice. A lawyer who takes pride in how they represent themselves is going to be the best pick to represent you.
Many felony lawyers will offer free consultations to review your case. It is highly recommended that you utilize these face to face consultations as a way of establishing this relationship. If you don't get a good feeling from the felony lawyer you're about to hire, why would you put your life in their hands? On the other hand, meeting a felony lawyer who can put your mind at ease and is ready to dive into your case, can make all the difference in the world.
First impressions do matter. When you can combine a positive first impression with years of experience and a proven track record of court victories then you've found the right felony lawyer.