If You’ve Been Charged with a Crime…
Nobody likes to run afoul of the law. Your life is going to change for the foreseeable future, and you must do everything you can to make sure your rights are protected and that you give yourself the best possible chance at beating the case and preserving your freedom.
To do so, you must find the best possible criminal defense attorney for your particular situation. There are many talented and experienced attorneys in the Sacramento area, and that can make your initial task a bit intimidating. But finding the right attorney with a little extra work on the front end can pay big dividends as you go through the legal process.
What to Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney
As you start your search for a criminal defense attorney in Sacramento, here are some things to consider:
Experience. While there are many experienced attorneys, your attention should be focused on finding an attorney who has experience with cases that most closely match your own circumstances. You will also want to ask about specific cases and how they were handled, as well as the attorney’s track record over the course of their practice.
Familiarity with local courts. An attorney who understands the preferences of the local court system, as well as how certain judges and prosecutors work, can be a huge advantage that can be put to use in your own case.
Excellent negotiating skills. The fact is, many criminal cases are either plea bargained or negotiated down to lesser offenses in exchange for expediting a case through the court system. Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may well be in your best interests to strike the best deal possible and be happy with the outcome.
Communication skills. Unless you are already very familiar with the court system, you are going to be somewhat intimidated and have lots of questions about your case and your legal standing. An outstanding lawyer will be available to you and be able to answer a variety of questions you are sure to have regarding your case.
There are a few other skills and traits you should consider as well.
Joseph P. Hougnon serves clients in Sacramento and other nearby northern California communities.