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What Makes a Good Criminal Defense Attorney?

May 18, 2012
Colson Hicks Eidson

Facing criminal charges is a serious matter. Unlike a civil proceeding, a criminal conviction can mean jail time and a permanent criminal record. Having a conviction on your record will make it extremely difficult to gain meaningful employment in the future. With that said, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is paramount.

What can a good criminal defense attorney do for you? Keep the following in mind when looking for an attorney to represent you in a criminal proceeding:

  • A good defense attorney understands the emotions you are going through – defendants often deal with feelings of shame and embarrassment, and your attorney should understand and help you deal with them.
  • A good attorney will keep you informed along the way and make sure you do not feel left out of your own case.
  • A good attorney should be able to commit the proper amount of time to preparing your defense.
  • A good attorney will have access to a network of expert witnesses to prove your innocence or rebut evidence against you.
  • A good attorney is a skilled negotiator and knows how to work out a plea bargain if will yield a good result for you.

Take the time to find a good criminal defense attorney. It can make all the difference when it comes to preserving your freedom.

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