According to the Miranda rights, you have the right to consult with an
attorney before talking to law enforcement after arrest and to have an
attorney present during questioning now or in the future. So, if you are
arrested for a crime, it is in your best interest to obtain legal representation from a
criminal defense lawyer.
While public defenders are available free of charge, they typically have
large caseloads and may not have enough time to provide adequate legal
counsel and help you obtain the most favorable results possible. Furthermore,
representing yourself should not be an option since the average person
does not possess the legal knowledge to navigate through the complexities
of the criminal justice system.
If you choose to hire a private attorney, it is important to have at least
three potential candidates before making a final decision. During your
consultations, you must have any case-related items with you.
Here are five important questions you should ask a criminal defense lawyer:
How long have you been practicing criminal law? Just like any other profession, experience counts. You want an attorney
with at least 10 years of experience practicing criminal law. If a candidate
is a former prosecutor or public defender, then they have spent an ample
amount of time in courtrooms and handled a variety of crimes.
What are the possible outcomes of my case? Remember, no lawyer can guarantee a successful outcome. You want an attorney
to evaluate the circumstances of your case and determine all of your available
legal options, which includes potential negative results.
How much do I have to pay? Obtain a quote from each potential candidate and figure out the price
range that suits you. While a low fee may mean a less experienced and
qualified lawyer, a high fee doesn’t necessarily mean the best representation.
Are you familiar with local courts? Having an attorney who is based in the area where you were arrested for
your crime will provide a huge benefit. A local lawyer often has close
relationships with local judges, prosecutors, and police.
Arrested for a criminal offense in Nevada and in need of legal representation?
Schedule a free consultation with our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys at
Oronoz, Ericsson & Gaffney today.