If you are arrested for a crime, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. He or she has a better sense of what you should and should not say to law enforcement officers to avoid being misinterpreted or misunderstood. The lawyer also can advise you or your family and friends on the bail process
The most important decision a criminal defendant can make is hiring the right criminal defense lawyer. Don’t make a mistake of using a lawyer whose primary practice is not criminal defense. You wouldn’t go to a dentist if you break your arm, so don’t hire a family or civil attorney to represent you in a criminal matter. Seek a criminal defense practitioner.
Your lawyer’s personality and demeanor are very important. Look for a confident and tough lawyer that has a good reputation with the prosecutors and judges involved in your case.
There is nothing worse than a lawyer with a bad reputation as being a “dump truck”. A dump truck lawyer is a lawyer that just takes whatever deal they initially get from the prosecutor. Make sure the lawyer you are hiring is not a dump truck.
It is very important to hire your lawyer immediately. Time is not on your side. The sooner your lawyer gets involved on your side the better off you will be regardless of the charges you are facing.
For those of you who are considering representing yourself in (Pro Per) you are making a big mistake. There is an old saying that goes: ‘He who represents himself has a fool for a client’. Don’t make that mistake. Although you have a legal right to, you are seriously putting yourself at a great disadvantage. Also, Criminal laws change all the time, almost on a daily basis. That is why it is so important to consult with a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Certain criminal convictions can have serious consequences on your life. BE AWARE.
Not only should you hire a good lawyer but you should also be a good client. That means you should inform yourself and actively participate in your defense. Ask questions and be honest and straightforward with your lawyer. Remember what you tell your lawyer is privileged. Our firm philosophy is such that we work together as a team with our clients to obtain the best results.
Choosing a Criminal Defense Attorney
Finding the right attorney is definitely one of the most important life decisions you will ever make. The first thing you must remember when selecting an attorney is that you will definitely need a criminal defense specialist (i.e. attorney) whose exclusive practice is dedicated to defending criminal cases. Do not make the mistake of utilizing someone who represented you in a civil matter. In fact, any reputable attorney will (or at least should) immediately refer you to a criminal defense attorney.
You must find the most skillful and experienced attorney that you can afford. Trial experience is especially important, whether you are guilty or completely innocent of the charges. Your attorney must be experienced in investigating and preparing motions concerning search and seizure law, motions to dismiss following a preliminary hearing, or reducing a felony to a misdemeanor etc. Keep in mind, many criminal cases do not go to trial, but are instead settled through negotiating. Your attorney must, therefore, be respected by local judges and prosecutors with whom he or she will be negotiating.
It does not matter whether you are guilty of all the charges, some of them or if you are completely innocent. You still must find and retain the best lawyer you can afford.
John Adams is a dedicated Criminal Defense Practitioner with an impeccable reputation. Throughout the years our firm has been recognized as an aggressive and zealous law firm devoted to the constitutional rights and protections of the accused.
Our commitment to excellence provides our clients with personalized service. Our experience and dedication means that you’ll have access to the best legal representation, knowledge, and education on your case.
We are also very active in the legal community and hold memberships in many legal organizations such as:
• National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
• Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
• National College for DUI Defense
• Maryland State Bar Association
• District of Columbia Bar Association