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Main Qualities to Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney

Posted by Thurston Lopes | Dec 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

No one ever hopes to be charged with a crime, as the consequences of conviction can impact the rest of your life. The stress and expense that goes along with facing a criminal charge and building a criminal defense case can be quite disruptive and can have a tremendous impact on your financial and mental well-being. That's why it's important to find the best criminal defense attorney available to handle the details of your case and help you construct a winning strategy.

When it comes to finding the right attorney, it's sometimes difficult to choose among the many criminal defense lawyers in metro-Atlanta and Marietta, GA. Not all lawyers are equally skilled and experienced. Furthermore, some defense lawyers, like Attorney Lopes may have more experience dealing with the charges you face, which will give them an advantage over an unseasoned lawyer who is out of his or her element. Fortunately, there are some common traits shared among good criminal defense attorneys that can help you make a selection when attempting to hire the best lawyer for your case. Here is what to look for in a criminal defense attorney.

Compassion

If you're in the market for a criminal defense attorney, there's a good chance that you've already been through quite an ordeal. Whether you believe yourself to be guilty or innocent, being charged with a crime can represent one of the most trying times in a person's life. Therefore, it's important to find a lawyer who can understand your state of mind after being charged with a crime and offer patient, informative advice about your case. While a direct approach is always good, there's something to be said about an attorney who has compassion for your plight and legitimately wants to help you reach the best possible resolution in your case.

Experience

As is the case in many professions, when it comes to the law, experience usually trumps education. A newly minted lawyer may have been at the top of the class, but until that attorney gains some real-world courtroom experience, that education remains in the realm of the theoretical. When you've been charged with crimes, you want a lawyer who knows the legal landscape and is familiar with what it takes to build a credible, successful defense. It is best to have a lawyer who isn't only experienced, but who have been successful in defending others who have been charged with crimes like the ones you're facing.

Confidence

The stereotypical lawyer isn't someone who lacks confidence. After all, if a lawyer doesn't present the perception that the client is innocent, then the prosecutor, judge and jury will have a hard time accepting that as well. However, when it comes to specific areas of the law, you want an attorney who is confident that your case is realistically winnable. Some lawyers may be confident in defending clients against assault charges but have little confidence when it comes to defending against DUIs. Make sure that the lawyer you select is not only confident when it comes to the area of law pertaining to the charges against you but he or she must likewise present a realistic approach.

Communicative

Always choose a lawyer who communicates with you about your case. A steady line of communication will be critical to your defense. Not only will you want some peace of mind offered by your attorney, but there are also some details that will need to be communicated to you throughout the lead-up to your trial and the disposition of your case.

If you've been charged with a crime, your first step in preparing a defense should be to find a qualified criminal defense lawyer, like Attorney Lopes to prepare your case. Attorney Lopes of the Lopes Law Firm has the traits you are seeking.  He will provide you with a solid defense and increase your chances of successfully avoiding the consequences of the charges against you. To learn more, call The Lopes Law Firm at (404) 589-9000to request a case evaluation.  You will glad you did.

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Thurston Lopes

For over 20 years, Thurston Lopes has served the Metro Atlanta area. He has a passion for what he does, and works to ensure that all clients receive approachable, responsive representation. Credentials Mr. Lopes received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hampton University in 1989, an...

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