When you are charged with committing a crime, time is of the essence. Whether you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony offense, you could potentially be facing very serious consequences.
Today, we see numerous advertisements and marketing campaigns targeting representation for those who are charged with a crime. Unfortunately, there is an increasing trend that many of these attorneys are not based in your local community. Further, many of the companies you hear marketing legal services are just that – marketers – and not actual attorneys themselves.
Let us share with you the key reasons you need to know when it comes to hiring a community criminal defense attorney at this critical time in your life.
1. Your local criminal defense attorney will know the other parties involved.
When you hire local attorney counsel to represent you, he or she will know the judges, the police, the clerks and the state attorney. Each of these people will play a role in the outcome of your case and your local attorney will know them by name. Further, your attorney will also be familiar with recent decisions on cases that could impact you and be able to apply this knowledge to your case.
2. Your local attorney counsel will be familiar with the local court process.
Community criminal defense attorneys understand the complexities and nuances of your local court system. Each court system is different and the judges and clerks within it have their own way of getting things done. Hiring an attorney who practices law in your town can reduce confusion on the way things are handled on your type of case.
3. A local criminal defense lawyer is your best advocate.
Family and friends can offer moral support when you have been arrested, but their help ends there. Do not let others make your decisions for you when it come to hiring the right, local advocate for you. It is the job of your criminal defense attorney to advocate on your behalf in the courtroom and work with you to reach the best solution based on your circumstances.
4. Don’t wait until it is too late to act.
Time is not on your side when you have been charged with a crime. You need to find and secure criminal defense representation as soon as possible. Start by determining the local criminal defense attorneys who can represent you and schedule an initial meeting to determine if the attorney you selected will be able to represent you in your case. If you wait to be reactive rather than proactive, you will lose precious time that your local criminal defense attorney could have used to work on your case.
Choosing to hire local attorney counsel is one of the smartest things you can do when it comes to criminal defense representation. There is too much as stake not to hire the right local advocate to represent you. Do not wait to contact a member of our experienced legal team to represent you at this critical time.