How Not to Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a crime in Fort Lauderdale, Florida then you could face serious penalties for conviction depending on the crime you are charged with. You may be experiencing fear, stress and anxiety regarding the various events to follow, it is important for you to have skillful and experienced representation on your side in order to maximize your chances of a favorable outcome. The following are a few tips on how NOT to hire an attorney.

Don't Settle for Just Any Lawyer

First, bargain shopping is not a bargain when it comes to legal representation. Think of it this way, you get what you pay for when hiring an attorney. What you need when hiring an attorney is someone who has been in practice for many years and has a history of success, sometimes these lawyers cost much more than the inexperienced ones, but generally they are worth the price if you obtain a favorable outcome to your case. Many times what criminally accused individuals do is to call a few law firms and hire the one that quotes the lowest price; this is not a good method to hiring legal counsel.

Second, watch out for excessive lawyer advertising. It is a common occurrence for a criminally charged individual to receive copious amounts of mail from various attorneys who boast about their abilities and what they can do for you. A truly skilled and successful legal representative does not need to resort to excessive self-advertising in order to acquire your attention.

What to Look For

When seeking legal counsel it is important for you to look for two main attributes: experience and client service. An experienced attorney who has successfully represented many clients throughout their many years in practice in the past will have a much better chance of obtaining a favorable outcome of your case for you than an inexperienced lawyer. Client service is also important so that you may meet with your representative and explain your goals and desires and be kept up-to-date with the progress of your case.

At Hager & Schwartz, P.A. we have these attributes, we have been serving the criminally accused individuals of south Florida for many years with a long history of success in the cases that we handle. Our legal team has over 35 years of combined experience in practicing criminal defense and we have many satisfied clients whom we have represented in the past. If you are seeking legal representation then speak with a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer from our firm. We work to provide our clients with skillful representation as well as excellent service, if you choose to work with us we will take the time to understand you, your case, your goals and your desires regarding the outcome and we will keep you informed of any and all progress with your case.

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