4.14.2012

Tips on Finding a Virginia Criminal Lawyer

Finding an experienced Virginia criminal lawyer can be difficult if you have never had seek a criminal legal advice before. Before you begin looking it is important to remember that not every lawyer is the same and that you need to look for those lawyers who specialize in criminal law cases. Another important point is to look only for lawyers who practice within the state of Virginia if that is where the offense took place and where you trial will be heard.

Once you have determined the area of law in which your particular case falls then you should consider the following tips when you begin looking for your Virginia criminal lawyer:

Recommendations from friends and family are the best way to find good, reputable criminal lawyers who practice locally. Positive recommendations from previous clients are also worth following up.
Check out local directories and publications for advertisements from criminal lawyers. Although these ads are unlikely to t ell you much, a quick phone call should give you more information.
Go online and search for lawyers in your area on some of the many legal directories available on the internet. Many offer more than just simple advertisements for lawyers and you will often find in depth profiles, links to websites and contact forms.

Approach your local bar association for a referral if you fail to find a lawyer by any other means. You are not under any obligation to hire them but if you do you maybe charged a referral fee.
Arrange to meet with at least two Virginia criminal lawyers to discuss your case and find out more about them. Initial consultations are usually free of charge and can take place face-to-face or over the telephone.

Look for lawyers who specialize in your particular case and who have experience with criminal law. Many lawyers will take on criminal cases but may lack the experience and knowledge to provide you with the best possible defense.

Prepare a list of questions you want to ask before your m eeting takes place. These should include questions about your case and the potential outcome, but also questions about their experience and qualifications, fees and charges and whether or not they will personally be taking on your case or passing it over to someone else.

Hiring a Virginia criminal lawyer is not something you should do on a whim, but rather it is a decision you should take some time to consider. Whilst you could hire the best lawyer in the land there is not a guarantee of success when your case comes to court.

Choose a lawyer with whom you feel comfortable working with, who you trust to work with your best interests in mind and who you know will work to protect your legal rights.



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