First you want to hire somebody that knows what they are doing. You want to make sure that they know about the type of law that pertains to your case whether it’s a DUI, a white collar case, a violent crime, a drug case, a sex offense. Whatever it may be, you want to make sure that they know what they are doing. You also want to hire somebody that you can trust, somebody you feel comfortable talking to. This is sensitive and confidential information and it’s a situation that you may have never been in before, so you want somebody that you can talk to, somebody that is going to listen to your side of the story because the police have their side of the story, prosecutors have their side of the story and you have your side of the story. So you want to make sure that your attorney is going to listen to your side of the story, fight for your rights, fight your case.
But you also want somebody that’s available to you. Somebody that will be there when you have questions, whether it’s their cell phone number, or an e-mail address, or a text message, you want to know that you can contact the attorney you hire. See, a lot of people come to me and they say are you going to be the person handling my case the whole step of the way. That’s because people have hired attorneys they see on TV or in a magazine, or some other ad and they hire that attorney expecting them to work on the case and then they pass them off to another associate, somebody the client has have never met before. So you want to ask your attorney, are you going to be the one handling my case every step of the way, because that should be important to you. You want to remember that there is a lot that can be done if you have a good working relationship with your attorney and they know what they are doing. It is important, again, to remember, an arrest is not a conviction.