When you need to hire an attorney, you are most likely looking for the best possible outcome. That outcome probably means leaving with no charges or a minimum fine. It really depends on the situation. Examining a few main points will help you narrow down how to find the right attorney for your situation.
The Severity of the Situation
Possession of controlled dangerous substances will severely impact your personal and professional life more than disorderly conduct charges. Possession of a controlled dangerous substance carries fines up to $35,000 and 10 years jail time. On the other hand, disorderly conduct will only get you up to $500 in fines and a possible 30-day jail sentence. When facing either of these charges, the right attorney should have the necessary experience.
An Attorney with Specific Experience
You wouldn’t hire an attorney specializing in business law to help with your DUI. An attorney’s experience and knowledge of the charges you are facing could mean the difference between thousands in fines and years in jail. Prior to hiring the first attorney in a Google search, you’ll want to do a little research. Here a few relevant questions you might want to ask:
- How many cases like yours has this attorney handled?
- What were the outcomes?
- Is this attorney local?
- Does this attorney know the local judges, prosecutors, and police?
If you live in New Jersey, it makes sense to hire a New Jersey attorney to ensure you are hiring someone with local knowledge and expertise.
Perhaps most importantly, you must have a good relationship with the person hired to represent you. Meeting with the attorney personally will give you a good idea whether they will be fully present and invested in you. The right attorney will be honest with you about your circumstances and will fully explain the possible outcomes. Additionally, the right attorney will return your calls and personally represent you at court. The fate of your life shouldn’t be left to an assistant or first year attorney.
Finding the right attorney to defend you is an important choice. Often your situation doesn’t allow you massive amounts of time to do proper research. However, spending just a small amount of time and due diligence will vastly improve your chances of a positive outcome.
David C. Barry, Attorney at Law, is an experienced criminal defense attorney that has the knowledge and expertise to defend you. He will personally represent you and ensure that you receive the best possible outcome for your circumstances. If you are in need of a New Jersey attorney, call David at 732-204-7387.