The most important decision you will make when charged with a complex crime is what attorney you choose. In my blogs I am going to give it to you straight. I write them myself and am not concerned with appealing to everyone.
When you hire an attorney, you enter into a working client/attorney relationship. That relationship lasts until the conclusion of the matter, by plea or jury trial. Navigating that relationship throughout the pendency of the criminal matter should not be difficult. The reason it should not be difficult, is that you have to come to a point where you trust your attorney to handle your case. If you trust the attorney you choose, it should remove the uncertainty associated with choosing the proper representation.
Choosing an Experienced Defense Attorney
Which leads to the point of this blog entry. How to choose an attorney? My suggestion would be to start with experience. When faced with the uncertainty of a criminal charge, you want to make sure you hire an advocate that has been where you are before with other clients. Experience is a must and the first place to start; most importantly, trial experience.
Attorney with Trial Experience
Most cases will settle and will not end in trial, but you want to make sure that the attorney you choose, has the skill to try a case and more importantly that the government is aware of that fact. Likening a negotiation to poker, you cannot play the game, unless you have the ability to go all in. Trial experience, in my opinion, is the base of the pyramid that negotiation is constructed upon.
The Right Personality to Negotiate
Lastly, keep in mind that most cases settle. Meaning that the attorney you choose should be personable. It’s a must that you sit down with them and use the skills that you have gained your entire life to assess if this is the man or woman you want to send in to advocate on your behalf. The well-known law firms that hire the associate that had the best grades in law school may have the name of the law firm behind them, but might lack the skill set required to effectively negotiate with the government. I have been in this circuit for years and I would only recommend a handful of attorneys I have met in that time to represent someone in a criminal matter. Do you remember the guy that was in the library, studying all the time, hiding his outline, so he could get the best grade on the test? How do most people react to that person? Do you want that person talking to the government on your behalf? It is a negotiation and the skills necessary for negotiation are inherent in the individual and not taught in law school. Skill and personality. Is it a good fit? Do you want to enter into an uncertain time with someone you cannot relate to?
Initial Case Evaluation
I will not take on every case that comes into the office. If a client does not understand the dynamic that must exist between client and attorney in order to be successful, I will not enter into that relationship. Abraham Lincoln, a man who is revered as one of the best presidents and attorneys to have ever practiced said that a house divided against itself, cannot stand. There must be trust and faith that your attorney will handle your case. The ability that you assess by analyzing experience and personality. Do your homework first, and if you have a problem that you need my help with, come in and sit down to talk it out. At the end of that meeting, we will decide if we are the right match and it makes sense to move forward.
– Attorney Andrew DeLuca
If you have been charged with crime, you can talk to me directly anytime by calling (518) 245-9109. I will personally answer your phone call.
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The information contained in this blog is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.