5 Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Attorney

criminal defenseThere are a few ways to make sure you get the right lawyer for your case – a skilled lawyer who will fight for your rights – so you’ll have the best chance of Winning!

And, being a Criminal Defense Attorney in Georgia for OVER 20 years, I can offer you some advice on the following topics:

#1: “How many years has the attorney practiced criminal law?”

Of course, the longer the time – the more training and experience he will have.  Ten years or more gives you a good probability that the attorney will have specific legal knowledge to use in getting you the best outcome for your case.  This specific knowledge not only relates to knowing the laws, but also knowing the other lawyers, prosecutors & judges, and how they operate. This experience also helps the attorney to choose the best strategy for your case.

#2: “Does the criminal defense attorney focus his practice on criminal law?”  

Do you want your attorney’s case load to include legitimizing a child, giving bankruptcy advice, handling divorces, child custody, real estate, wills and estates, probating estates and throw in for good measure-criminal defense. Obviously, you would rather be represented by an attorney who focuses his practice on criminal defense.

#3: “How many trials has he handled?”

Obviously, you would rather have someone who has tried a lot of cases, the more the better!  An attorney with that level of experience is going to be better at such things as jury selection, closing arguments and a number of other critical elements in a criminal case.  You don’t want to get someone just out of law school who lacks courtroom experience.

#4: After reviewing your case, “Can he list specific issues to use to defend your case?”

For example: In a DUI case, if the officer failed to follow the proper procedure in the administration of the HGN and Walk & Turn field sobriety tests a good attorney can tell you exactly what the officer did wrong! Rather than “Let me talk with the solicitor and see what we can work out!”

#5: “Will he give you a flat fee price or charge an hourly rate that can go on forever?”

After an attorney does a thorough job of determining what kind of work is needed for your case, if he is experienced, he
should be able to quote you a set price.  After all, you want to know what it will cost you – without having to worry about the attorney that drags things out to run up the fee!

Ok, so you’re probably wondering what my answers would be to the above questions.  I’ll lay it out for you.

#1

I have over 20 years of experience in criminal defense in Georgia, – or in other words, I’ve been around the block a few times.  I am a former prosecutor, having worked as an Assistant District Attorney for the state of Georgia.  So, I understand how the prosecutor, the government attorney thinks and acts. And let me tell you – this inside knowledge is a real advantage when representing client with criminal charges.

#2

My practice is focused on criminal defense. I don’t spend my time fighting over who gets the table & chairs in a divorce. I spend my time aggressively defending clients in their criminal cases.

#3

Over the years, I have represented hundreds of client facing serious criminal change; from murder to the largest marijuana grow case(s) in the state.

#4

After reviewing your case, we will tell you up front the specific defenses we believe are available to you! I’ll tell you what the officer did wrong – not just some weak response like: “Let me talk to the prosecutor and see what we can do.”

#5

After you share with me everything I need to know to analyze your case, you will receive a Flat Fee Guarantee to handle your case – That means you will know how much it’s going to cost before we start.  This way you will know that we’ll work hard on your case and push to resolve it, in as short a time as possible.  You see, we’ll have no reason to drag things out because our fee won’t be based on the number of hours spent on your case.  What that means to you is that you can get this situation over with as soon as possible and get on with your life.

After all, isn’t that what you’re after? – to improve your chances of getting the best outcome, being kept up to date, knowing what it will cost, and getting this handled so you can get on with the rest of your life!

– George McCranie

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