Just because an attorney claims to be an expert in criminal law doesn’t mean that your case will be handled the way it should. If you need an attorney to defend you on criminal charges, here are some things you should ask a Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer before paying a retainer fee.
How many jury trials have you done in the past?
This is important, because some lawyers shy away from courtroom trials, and instead try to arrange plea bargains for every case. You may not need to go to trial, but if you do, you’ll want an attorney that’s well versed in courtroom proceedings representing you.
How many similar cases have you handled?
While every case is unique, an experienced criminal defense lawyer will have nonetheless represented clients who were facing similar charges and circumstances before. Be cautious when choosing a lawyer that has no experience with defending the particular criminal charges you are facing.
Will you be personally handling my case?
In larger law firms, it’s a common practice for clients to consult with one attorney, and then have another one represent him or her during court proceedings. A positive outcome is more likely when only one legal team that includes paralegals and a supervising attorney work on your case from start to finish.
What type of expert witnesses do you have a working relationship with?
The state of Minnesota is not shy when it comes to using expert witnesses, and if your case calls for it, neither should you. Having an attorney who knows the best expert witnesses in the business can sometimes mean the difference between a guilty or not guilty verdict.
Have you been sanctioned by the bar recently?
You can obtain this information yourself by contacting the Minnesota State Bar Association, but you should still ask your attorney this question anyway. Why? Because if you catch him lying about disciplinary action, there could be other things, he may be less than forthcoming about as well.
How much do you charge?
Keep in mind that reputable defense lawyers have a proven track record of success, and can therefore charge more for their services than other lawyers. In order to improve your odds of success, you should hire the best defense you can reasonably afford.
Will there be any additional fees added onto my bill?
Just so you know exactly what you are paying for, be sure the particulars are spelled out ahead of time.
When it comes to finding quality criminal defense in the Minneapolis area, look to Grostyan and Associates. Contact us anytime for a free consultation of your case at 612-341-6575.