Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Attorney

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony you will want to carefully select your Minnesota criminal defense attorney. Here are some details to consider before selecting which attorney to hire.


When researching a criminal defense attorney find out the amount of experience they have. Has the attorney been defending clients for over a decade? Is the attorney a member of any defense attorney associations such as the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys or the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice? Being a member of an association indicates the attorney is well respected by fellow attorneys. Also verify the attorney has experience with your specific type of case. If you have been charged with an internet crime you want to make sure you hire an attorney with knowledge and experience in handling this type of charge.

Personal Attention

Will your case be given the personal attention it deserves or will it be assigned a case number and treated as one of numerous cases that the firm handles? Who will be handling your case? Will the attorney be personally focusing on your case? Who will you contact if you have questions and what is the best method of contact? Make sure your case will be given priority and that open communication will be possible.


Try to get a feel for how the attorney will approach your defense. Does the attorney use a typical defense for the charges you are facing? Or does the attorney review all of the details of your specific situation such as witness statements, lab evidence, and police procedures to identify flaws in the prosecution’s case? Try to select an attorney that will provide a personal approach and tailor your defense to your case in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Contact us at Grostyan & Associates to learn how we would handle your case. We can provide a free consultation and case evaluation for you before you make a decision about hiring a lawyer.

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