Many people call me after they have hired an attorney, asking me to take over their case. Some of the reasons for this are:
- The lawyer doesn’t answer their phone calls
- The lawyer tells them they have to plea guilty without explaining
- The lawyer doesn’t explain any options or strategies regarding their case.
I regularly take over these cases but I have to contend with someone else’s work or lack thereof.
Thoroughtly discussing your case with an experienced criminal lawyer before you agree to hire him or her is crucial to your future and peace of mind.
Don’t be afraid to ask them how quickly they respond to your calls or emails.
Make sure they have experience handling the kind of case you have. Some lawyers advertise “40 years combined experience” which sounds great until you find out that the firm has 8 lawyers.
All criminal lawyers aren’t equal. Some only have traffic or misdemeanor experience. Some have felony experience but not regarding the type of charge you’re facing.
Do some homework on the front end before hiring an attorney to avoid the frustration, anger and waste of money you may encounter by hiring the wrong attorney.
But if you find yourself in this predicament, a seasoned and experienced criminal attorney has the tools to undo or correct many problems that a less experienced attorney may saddle you with. You have an absolute right to hire or fire any attorney in representing your freedom.