Here are the 3 most Important Things you Should Know when Looking to hire a Criminal Lawyer:
Fees. Price should never be some kind of secret. I list my Fees here and at other places on this site. I have zero interest in competing with any other lawyer on a cost basis, and know exactly how to properly handle a case while providing an unsurpassed level of experience and skill that produces the best results possible.
Personality. You have to like the Lawyer you are going to hire. Your lawyer is your spokesperson when dealing with the prosecutor and the Judge. If you don't get good vibes, it's not likely they will, either. You also need to be able to trust your lawyer. I will be completely candid and honest with you, and will never “sugar-coat” the truth. I hate unpleasant surprises, and I'm sure you do, as well. You won't get any with me. I never sell out by just telling someone what they want to hear.
Experience. You have to know that your lawyer is experienced in your kind of case and knows the court where your case is being heard. I won't take a case that doesn't fit within my realm of my prior experience, or is in a court that's unfamiliar to me. This is why I limit my criminal and DUI practice to the cities and courts of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties.
Everything else is pretty much fluff and hype. The more you look, the more you'll find someone promising better, or using the latest advancement in web design to make their site look slicker. "Slick" is the last thing you need when you're in trouble. Instead, look for honesty, solid information and obvious integrity. Avoid scare tactics every bit as much as promises that sound too good to be true.
Anyone who needs a lawyer for a criminal charge should do their homework. One of the best ways to learn about an attorney is to read what he or she has written. I maintain the one of the biggest, and, undoubtedly, most informative blogs on the internet, much less in Michigan. I write and publish 2 new articles each week, and have hundreds more in my archives. Those detailed articles examine every aspect of criminal, driver's license restoration and DUI cases, from first contact with the police and arrest through each step in the misdemeanor and felony criminal court process. Be sure to check it out because there's nothing else like it anywhere.
When you read enough of what any lawyer has written, you can get a rather accurate sense of his or her "voice," and approach to things. Of course, anything worth your time should be informational, and not just a platform for fear based, or "call now" marketing. On the flip side, a lack of detail and information can be just as telling...
Facing a criminal or DUI charge is stressful. You're undoubtedly feeling that right now as you look to find the right lawyer. I can help you, and will make things better. To find out how I address your concerns and answer your questions, call me at (586) 465-1980 to see what I can do for you.