One of our readers wrote in to provide an interesting infographic for our readers. Anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney will find this of use. The fact is that many people at some point in their life will need a good criminal defense lawyer, even if they are innocent. The criminal justice system is not perfect and innocent people are arrested daily. Those who commonly get into trouble with the law often have a lawyer on retainer, but those who are arrested for the first time are usually lost when it comes to finding someone to properly represent them.
This infographic, “Top 9 Things To Look For When Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer” has been provided courtesy of The Leventhal Law Firm. Located in Pasadena, California, the firm is headed by Andrew Leventhal, a passionate defender of the underdog. Named by several organizations as one of the top criminal defense attorney’s in the Los Angeles area, Mr Leventhal has an astounding 90% exoneration rate.
I really love this infographic. One of the things I like best is the fact that it is written in simple, no-nonsense language anyone can understand. Following is a condensation of the top nine things a person looking for a criminal defense lawyer will want to check.
- State license to practice criminal law. This seems a no-brainer but best to be safe. No good lawyer will ever chafe at a client asking to see their state license. You want someone who knows the law in your state.
- Check for experience. When faced with criminal charges, especially if you are innocent, you want a lawyer who has the experience to take the case to trial and win if necessary. In fact, if you are innocent and your attorney cannot get the DA to drop the charges, you are going to need a lawyer who can investigate your case and defend you properly. It helps too if your attorney knows the prosecutors and judges as well.
- Where did the attorney go to school? Where did he or she intern? Did the attorney spend time in the public defenders office? That is good.
- Look for a lawyer who is passionate about what he does. Talk to him or her and find out if you connect on a human level. Remember that you will speak to your attorney with the same intimacy you will your doctor or a priest. You need someone you can be completely honest and open with.
- Go with your gut. If you get a bad feeling from the lawyer, take a pass. If the retainer is very low and you feel like you are getting a bargain, odds are not in your favor. Remember, you are bargaining for your life.
- If an attorney quotes you a fee over the phone without hearing the full scope of your case, odds are you are just a number. Make sure you understand all the fees involved and why the costs will run as they do. Anything else is a red flag.
- Check their record, find any testimonials you can including social review sites, and if you know a good lawyer who practices in another area of law, ask for a referral.
- Does the lawyer you are considering specialize in everything? Not possible. Sure, an attorney may have several specializations, but no one can be an expert in every area of law.
- Do you trust this person with your life? You better, because if you hire the lawyer you are considering, that is what is on the line.
Criminal Justice Law International recommends that you read the entire post related to the infographic here. If you live in the Pasadena/Los Angeles, California area and are in need of the services of an excellent criminal defense attorney, we recommend the Leventhal Law Firm. Why?
We can tell you unequivocally that Mr. Leventhal is a determined man. In our experience, he is as tenacious as he is gracious. He is passionate about his practice of law and we believe this is the single-most important quality in a criminal defense attorney.
Again, we thank him and his team for providing this infographic for our readers.
Incidentally, this is the first law firm in the nation we have reviewed and recommend. We will be adding others as time goes on, not just in criminal defense, but other areas of law as well. Be sure to bookmark this blog and subscribe to our free newsletter for updates. If you know of a law firm you think we should review, please contact us.