Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Oct 13, 2009 in Criminal Law
Being investigated for or charged with a crime is as serious a matter as anyone could face short of death or extreme illness in terms of stress and consequences. In short, there are few opponents more relentless and more resourceful than the government, which means that if you do face such a situation, the worst thing you can do is give in to your fear and simply hope that the matter will resolve itself. Instead, you need to fight through your emotions and secure the help of a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix as soon as possible, as the sooner you begin the process of protecting and enforcing your guaranteed rights, the better the chance you're giving yourself to resolve the situation as fairly as possible.
However, finding the proper criminal defense attorney in Phoenix involves more than simply looking through a phone book or answering an advertisement you see on television. You are literally putting your freedom in the hands of the attorney you retain, which means that you must take steps to be as sure as you can that you're making the right decision regarding your choice for representation. Below are a few suggestions to keep in mind as you move towards finding the proper criminal defense attorney for you.
Criminal law is an area of practice where experience is as valuable as any other characteristic that an attorney could offer. Simply knowing the prosecutors, the judges and the nuances in which every court tends to operate is critical, and your attorney's reputation will precede itself with those who are charged with prosecuting you. For instance, if your attorney is known as someone who will simply take the best early offer of a plea bargain, it's possible that you won't get the best offer possible. Secondly, if your attorney is not known as a sound trial practitioner, it could lead to a more aggressive approach from prosecutors. Find out how many years any attorney with whom you speak has in terms of criminal law matters and in regards to working in the Phoenix court system.
When you meet with an attorney, you need to ask as many questions as he or she will of you regarding the situation that led to your investigation or charge. You need to find out how many trials the attorney has handled, how many matters that are similar to your situation he or she has been involved with and how his or her track record looks in terms of plea bargains, acquittals and/or convictions. No two criminal law cases are ever exactly alike, but that doesn't mean that those who have faced similar charges can't help you measure how your case could turn out with a particular attorney.
When the investigatory/prosecution process begins, it generally does not stop. The longer you wait to find the help you need, the worse the situation could possibly get for you, as your rights need to be asserted not only properly, but also in a timely manner. Get started by contacting a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer at Montano Arentz & Associates, PLLCtoday to schedule an initial consultation.
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