How To Select A Criminal Defense Attorney

If you've been charged with a crime, it's crucial to have a qualified defense attorney on your side. The state will provide a free public defender to defendants who cannot afford to hire an attorney of their own, but public defenders tend to have limited time and resources to help their clients. Retaining a private criminal defense attorney means getting more face time with your lawyer, and a defense strategy customized for your specific case.

There are many kinds of criminal defense attorneys, though. Here are some things to consider when deciding which lawyer to hire.

Relevant Experience

The single most important question to ask when searching for an attorney is whether he or she has experience working on cases like yours. If you are facing a DUI charge, for example, ask the lawyers you are considering how many DUI cases they've worked on, and what the outcomes of those cases were. Does the attorney have a track record of securing reduced charges or sentences for his or her clients?

Local Knowledge

Does the attorney have an office in the Kalamazoo area? An attorney who has been practicing in your area for some time will have working relationships with the region's prosecutors and judges, which can be useful in tailoring a defense strategy that recognizes both the details of your case and the habits of the other actors in the courtroom.

State Or Federal?

Some crimes are violations of state laws, while others violate nationwide federal rules. In some cases, like certain drug-related violations, you may not immediately know whether you're facing state or federal charges. It's always useful to have a lawyer with experience in the court system you'll be tried in.

Do They Offer A Free Initial Consultation?

When trying to find the best criminal defense attorney, it can be difficult to know where to start — especially if you have never hired a lawyer before. Some criminal defense attorneys offer a free initial consultation so you can discuss your case and see if their law firm is the best one for your needs. You don't always have to pay just to ask a few basic questions.

G. M. Gabry Law has significant experience in a number of criminal defense areas, and attorney Gary Michael Gabry has been working in Michigan for more than 30 years. To see if G. M. Gabry Law can help you, contact us to schedule a free consultation.