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A Perspective From A Criminal Defense Attorney

Choosing the Best Criminal Defense Attorney: Some Things to Know

The Top Search Results are Not Always the Best Criminal Defense Lawyers

Any of the links shaded in yellow or on the right column of the google results page are paid advertisements. That is not bad but it means that the result is there because someone bought the positioning on the page. Results in the main part of the page are the “organic results” returned because they are relevant to your search. As you click the results, what do you find? Is it a lot of “I will FIGHT for YOU” along with empty superlatives, or is it actual information that might help you understand your situation? Lawyers think about what goes into a website and the content there is probably an extension of their personality and attitude.

That’s Not a Even a Law Firm

When you search for a Criminal Defense Lawyer on Google, many of the top search results will look like law firms, but they are not. are not law firms at all but are referral services based many miles away. You contact them, they will charge you a fee and then contact a local attorney to handle your case. If they charge you $3000, the local attorney might get $1000 of that to handle the case. You just paid $2000 for that service to send an email. A website that does not list a local location and phone number is not a local law firm.

Maine has no Public Defender’s Office

Other States have a Publicly funded office with attorneys who represent defendants who can’t afford a lawyer. Maine does not have a such an office but instead has a court appointed attorney system. That means that certain attorneys have agreed to accept criminal cases which the court assigned to them. The state pays the attorney a very low hourly rate for handling the cases and the client has little or no obligation to reimburse the state for that fee.

Keep in mind that in the court court appointed system:

You don’t get to choose your Appointed Criminal Defense Lawyer.

The court is supposed to just appoint the next lawyer on the list. While many appointed attorneys do excellent work, some definitely do not.

Many court appointed attorneys do not specialize in criminal defense.

While some do, others use court appointed work as a way to supplement a practice which focuses on some other area. A person facing criminal charges should be very careful to make sure that their attorney, whether appointed or retained, specializes in criminal defense.

The Best Criminal Defense Lawyer is Not Any One Person

defendants a lucky to have plenty of Lawyers to choose from. The best lawyer for you will have the experience and expertise you need but, just as important, they are someone that you like and that you can talk to and get along with. That defense lawyer is probably one that the DAs and judges respect and that a Jury can understand, and agree with. A lot of criminal defense attorneys fall back on aggressive language and pompous bluster. The reality is that the most effective lawyers don’t really talk like that. Effective advocacy is not about bullying people or bragging about yourself. The tougher job, and the more important job, does not have anything to do with arrogance or ego. Instead, it involves understanding and interpreting complicated issues in a way that benefits your defense, and knowing how to persuasively communicate that perspective.

 

Experience You Can Trust

Proudly Representing Adults & Minor Students

Everyone makes mistakes, usually harmless ones, but if a mistake leads to a criminal charge, your entire future could be jeopardized. You face immediate threats as well, as your rights, interests, and freedoms are at risk. You are face-to-face with an overwhelming justice system

Remember that you have the right to fight any allegations against you, and you have the right to do so with a competent attorney. You should get the chance to fulfill your aspirations without a momentary mistake lingering over your head for years to come.

No case is too complicated or too simple for firm. Even misdemeanor offenses need to be taken seriously. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, you need to take immediate legal action. Otherwise, your future educational pursuits, career options, and other opportunities could be permanently threatened.

criminal defense attorney can combat charges such as:

Assault

Criminal trespass

Domestic violence

DUI / DWI

Drug crimes

Malicious mischief

Minor in possession

Negligent driving

Reckless driving

Theft crimes

here to guide you through every stage of your case so that you can make empowered decisions, transforming your life. Whether you prefer to speak with skilled legal team directly over the phone, in person, or via email, are here to listen to your story at any time. It’s risk-free to find out if can help you, and if we take your case, there will be no surprise costs since charge a flat fee.

 

Meet Attorney

Why did you become a lawyer?

I quickly realized that law would be the path for me.  Not only did I love the tv show, “Law and Order” but I loved competition, strategy and debating things, whether it was with my parents, teachers or coaches.

Where did you go to school?

I graduated with honors from the University with two college degrees, Criminology, and Psychology.  I then graduated from the University Of Law School because I wanted to come back home and be trained by the best of the best, including famous criminal defense lawyer

What was your experience like as a prosecutor?

After graduation, I started as a prosecutor in County.  I got tons of trial experience ranging from DUI’s to Drug Cases to Thefts and serious felonies.  Out of the 33 prosecutors in my class, I was the first one promoted.

Why did you start Law Firm?

I left the prosecutor’s office because I wanted to help people in a deeper, more meaningful way.  I also wanted to run my own business. I grew up watching my parents own and run a dental practice, and I wanted to own my own Law Firm where I can make a difference in the lives of my clients, employees, and community.

What sets you apart from all the other attorneys out there?

But the things I’m most proud of are the tons of reviews and testimonials that my clients have written about me and the firm.  You can watch our video testimonials or read the written ones on the testimonials page.

 

Lawyer Types You’re Most Likely to Need

Suppose you want to sue a contractor for breaching a contract, or you want to sue a competitor for stealing your employees. What kind of lawyer do you need? Should you just whip out the Yelp app and search for the nearest five-star-rated lawyer? If you’ve tried that, you may have been told by the highly rated lawyer that he or she doesn’t handle the particular legal problem you’re experiencing. There are many types of lawyers, and knowing which kind of lawyer you need is the first step towards hiring the right one. The attorney who did such an excellent job drafting your will may not be the best lawyer to challenge your non-compete agreement. Personally, I get many calls from prospective clients who want me to appeal their criminal conviction, or fight for custody of their kids, or get them out of a traffic ticket, and I don’t do any of those things. And lawyers who do handle such matters typically don’t practice in the sorts of business disputes and defamation matters that my firm typically handles.

Civil Litigation Lawyer (a.k.a. Trial Attorney)

You’ve been sued. A process server showed up on your doorstep and served you with papers requiring you to appear in court to defend yourself in a matter brought by another business or an individual. (Note: if the suit papers indicate that it’s the “Commonwealth” or the “State” that initiated the proceedings, the matter is most likely criminal in nature and requires a different type of attorney). Or someone harmed you in some way and you want to sue them. Perhaps your small business provided services to a vendor on a government contract and never got paid, in violation of the subcontract. Or your ex-employee has started a competing business in violation of his noncompete obligations to your firm. Basically, when two or more private parties have a dispute and desire to have it resolved in court, you need a lawyer who specializes in civil litigation.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Courtroom proceedings are considered criminal in nature (as opposed to civil) when the state (through prosecuting attorneys) charges you with the commission of a crime. If you’ve been arrested, read your Miranda rights, and taken into custody by the police, you need a criminal defense lawyer. The criminal defense lawyer will work to ensure you are deemed “innocent until proven guilty” and will argue for a “not guilty” verdict, typically by trying to poke holes in (and cast doubt on) the prosecution’s theory of the case. Want to stay out of jail? Hire a good criminal defense attorney.

Defamation Lawyer (a.k.a. Libel and Slander Attorney)

Defamation lawyers are a subset of civil litigation lawyers. You want a defamation attorney if you need to take someone to court for defaming your character through libel and/or slander, or if you’ve been accused of causing harm to the reputation of another individual or business by making false and defamatory statements of your own. Defamation law is complex and it is often helpful to retain a lawyer with particular expertise in this area if you find yourself on either end of a defamation-related dispute.

Business Lawyer (litigation or transactional)

Many business owners assume they need a “business lawyer,” whatever the nature of the legal problem they’re experiencing. In fact, “business law” is too broad a category to be meaningful. Business lawyers generally fall into two mutually exclusive categories: litigation and transactional. Business litigation (often referred to as commercial litigation) is a major subset of civil litigation (see above). Businesses sue each other all the time, for any number of reasons. If your business is being sued for allegedly breaching a contract with another business, you will have more luck securing representation if you narrow your search to one seeking a business litigation attorney rather than a “business lawyer.” On the other side of the coin, a “transactional” business lawyer is the lawyer you need to help your business form, grow, and thrive. The transactional lawyer will incorporate your startup, help secure funding, draft your employment and non-disclosure agreements, issue stock, spin off subsidiaries, and countless other tasks associated with operating your business. Unlike the business litigation attorney, the transactional lawyer does not go to court.

 

Best Lawyer Websites You Need To See

If there is one industry where clarity matters most, it might just be the legal field. Perhaps no one understands the importance of nuance in words and phrasing like lawyers and attorneys. While lawyers can’t get interpretive with legal contracts, however, there is a lot of room for creativity on their websites.

Like all other industries, lawyer websites come in all shapes and sizes and are most successful when they creatively highlight a firm’s unique branding while still providing users with the information they’re looking for. Mobile design is also an absolute must.

West Coast Trial Lawyers

When it comes to the best lawyer websites, the West Coast Trial Lawyers firm’s homepage is a fantastic example of a lot of different things done well. They have easy-to-see navigation in the top right hand corner just underneath a prominent phone number that’s placed next to a “free consultations/ no fees until we win” message. This displays confidence in their abilities, but it also gives viewers a reason to call by reminding them there’s no risk and no cost.

Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence

The entire website of this criminal defense law firm is bold, confident, and just a touch intimidating—exactly what you’d want your criminal defense attorney to be. Everything about it is simplistic, from the monochromatic color scheme to the copy.

YLaw Group

YLaw Group offers diverse family law services, including divorce and custody services. These are all very serious concerns, especially to those in them, but their site is fun and can help break the ice. If nothing else, it immediately sets them apart.

What Kind Of Experience Does A DUI Lawyer Need

Important Questions to Ask Your DUI Lawyer

If you’ve never needed a criminal lawyer before, you probably don’t know what to look for. Luckily, there are questions you can ask during your consultation that will tell you everything you need to know.

More than one million people get arrested for drunk driving every year. If you’re one of them, you need to find the best attorney possible. Read on to learn 10 key questions to ask your DUI lawyer before taking them on.

What is Your Training Background?

On top of law school, there is additional training that a lawyer can receive that focuses on DUI law. For example, it’s common for lawyers who represent DUI cases to be certified in how to use breathalyzers. This kind of training is helpful if you were given a breathalyzer test. If there’s a possibility your test wasn’t administered properly, a trained lawyer will catch that. These details can be very helpful in arguing your case. For the same reason, ask if they are certified with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to give field sobriety tests.

Are DUI Cases Your Speciality?

The DUI lawyer you choose should specialize in DUI cases. Practice makes perfect, and the more frequently they work on these cases the better they’ll be. If your lawyer represents a variety of different cases, ask what percentage of them are DUI’s. At the very least, most of their cases should DUI related. But, the higher the percentage, the better.

 

How familiar are you with the local court system?

You’ll be dealing with a lot of law officials in your county’s court system. Seeing if your lawyer is familiar with your area’s courts and prosecutors can give your case a good advantage. Your lawyer could have better insight into common plea deals. It may be even more helpful if you’ve received the DUI in a county you don’t live in or are unfamiliar with.

What is the scope of representation? 

In addition to possibly having to go to court, you may also need representation at the DMV. The DMV proceeding will entirely be administrative, and will deal with your suspended license, making it outside of criminal court proceedings.

 

How Much Will My Case Cost?

You’ll want to know upfront how an attorney will bill you for their time and how their pay structure works. If you need to ask about payment options, now’s the time to do it. You should also ask about the possibility of additional fees during your case. You’re probably going to have to pay court fees as well, so you want to avoid any unexpected charges by your attorney. You should also ask about forms of payment. Do they take credit cards? If so, which ones?

Will You Be the One Handling My Case?

A DUI law firm may have many attorneys working for them. During your consultation, you need to ask whether the lawyer you’re talking to will handle your case or if it’ll get assigned to someone else.

If another lawyer is to handle your case, you need to ask to consult with them directly. They need to have all the credentials to represent you effectively.

 

What’s Your Track Record For Winning Cases?

Don’t be scared to ask this question, experienced attorneys with excellent track records are more than happy to share their successes with potential clients. Conversely, if an attorney is hesitant about answering this question, it’s probably a sign they don’t win many of their cases. Pro Tip: Check online reviews.

How Strong is My Case?

This question allows you to gauge how well an attorney understands what is going on with your case. Whether they believe you have a strong case or not doesn’t matter as much as whether they can explain it to you in a way that you can understand. A lawyer that can communicate well with you will be more helpful as your case progresses.

 

What and how much formal training in blood testing have you received?

Your lawyer should be able to rattle off numerous seminars and training courses devoted specifically to impeaching the blood test administered to you. Such training and certificates will almost always be hanging on his or her wall if she has received specialized and extensive training in this very important area. Mr. Cessna has been honored with the elite designation as one of the few NCDD “Forensic DUI Attorneys.” This is an earned invitation and title which is offered only to those few dedicated NCDD attorneys nationwide who have successfully completed the intensive, four-day Blood & Urine Seminar and successfully passed the final science exam. Mr. Cessna has been honored to accept this invitation to the elite NCDD Forensic DUI Attorneys group.

Have you ever been asked to teach or instruct other lawyers, police officers, or law students in the area of DUI law or defense techniques?

Being invited to teach other professionals is a sign of being accomplished in your area of specialization. Ask your lawyer how often they are invited to teach other professionals in the areas associated with DUI defense. Mr. Cessna is frequently asked to teach, lecture and testify as an expert in the very specific areas of DUI defense. If the lawyer you are interviewing cannot list off numerous lectures, articles written, or teaching invitations, then he or she is most probably inexperienced or simply not seasoned enough to be in much demand.

Use Dog Bite Lawyer To Protect You

How to Choose a Dog Bite Lawyer

Works on a Contingency Basis

After you’ve narrowed down your options to a handful of lawyers, you should look at how they charge their clients. Most quality dog bite attorneys work on a contingency basis. They start with a free consultation, and during that meeting, they give you a sense of how your case is likely to progress. If your case is strong, the lawyer typically agrees to work on a contingency basis, which means there’s no charge to you unless there is a recovery.

Well-Rated by Professional Organizations

There are a lot of lawyers out there, and to ensure you’re hiring the best dog bite attorney, you should look for lawyers who are involved with professional groups and who receive high ratings from third-party organizations. Ideally, the lawyer you hire should be part of the state bar association and county bar associations. They should also be members of state organizations such as the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and federal groups such as the American Association for Justice.

Experienced with Dog Bite Cases

In addition to ensuring your lawyer has experience in your state, you should also ensure that they are experienced with dog bite cases in particular. Armed with experience, a lawyer knows how to fight common defenses from the dog owner’s attorneys. They also have a network of quality expert witnesses they can call on, and those witnesses can be essential for linking your injuries to the dog attack and for establishing the pain and suffering you’re likely to experience due to certain injuries.

Understands Your State Laws

Dog bite laws vary a lot from state to state. Many states, are strict liability states, meaning that the owner is almost always liable when their dog attacks. But in other states, liability can be harder to prove. To ensure you get the best settlement for your case, you need a lawyer who is experienced handling cases in your state.

 

HOW TO CHOOSE A DEDICATED AND EXPERIENCED DOG BITE ATTORNEY

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Call for a Consultation

The single most effective way to choose a lawyer you will feel comfortable hiring is through a consultation. This is your chance to sit down with the attorney face to face, ask questions, get feedback and make important decisions about the direction of your case. You should come out of this meeting with a good idea of whether or not to hire a particular lawyer.

Consider Access to Resources

When hiring a dog bite lawyer, you are in actuality hiring a whole team of people who will be contributing to your case. This group may be comprised of a lead attorney, a paralegal who does all the research, and investigators who will help collect evidence for your case. If you ever wonder if you should handle the case on your own, just remember that it takes an entire team of experts to successfully handle your case. Your lawyer brings many years of experience to the table and can move the process along seamlessly. You can seriously compromise the stability of your case if you decide to proceed on your own.

Look at Experience

It’s not enough to hire a great personal injury lawyer. There are several subsets of personal injury law. An attorney known for auto accident injury law may not be the best fit for your dog bite case. Look for those who focus on dog bites for the best chance of a successful outcome. Targeted expertise: this is what you want when selecting dog bite attorneys. They know the effects of dog bite injuries, the associated costs, and the ongoing medical needs these types of injuries present.

Conduct an Internal Search

This is one of the biggest factors you should consider when searching for a personal injury lawyer. When conducting your research, stick to your local area to find the lawyer with the most targeted expertise in LA. Ask for recommendations from people you know and take a look at various lawyers’ websites to determine how they have handled dog bite cases in the past.

 

Choosing a Dog Bite Attorney

In the state of Connecticut, if you are bitten by a dog then the owner of that dog is liable for your injuries. Victims’ injuries should be covered by the dog owner’s homeowners or renters insurance. You will often want an experienced Connecticut dog bite attorney on your side, who is familiar with the laws in New Haven and the entire state.

Choosing the right dog bite attorneys to represent you is critical to recovering compensation. You want to make sure you are choosing the right attorney for your case.

 

Most Useful Tips To Choose The Best Dog Bite Lawyer

You should make it a point to check whether the professional you are choosing is registered and licensed. You should check service areas of the professional you are choosing. In addition to that whether he is accredited by the state and is permitted to work in your area. Remember, choosing a local lawyer is advised as he has knowledge about the local laws pertaining to animal bites and personal injury cases.

Read reviews and testimonials of previous clients and customers of the dog bite lawyer you are choosing. You should check whether they are satisfied with the services of the professional. Check whether the professional provides equal importance to every case and negotiates for the maximum amount of compensation. You should check case-studies of the professional you are choosing. This will help you to get an idea of the types of cases handled by him. Check whether he has handled cases similar to yours before.

You should ask for quotes from two or three attorneys. Choose an attorney who quotes the most reasonable rates. You should also compare the reputation of the professional you are choosing. Make sure to choose a lawyer who asks for contingency payments. In this form of payment, you need to pay a lawyer only if you win the case. Choose a professional who offers free consultation services. Remember, lawyers of repute generally have higher fees than less experienced ones. However, it is advised that you choose an experienced one as only he can bring the maximum amount of compensation for you.

 

Choosing the Right Lawyer After a Dog Bite or Animal Attack

Dog Bite Laws Vary from State to State

Some states follow a basic negligence standard, holding dog owners liable when their negligent behavior allows their dog to bite to another. Other states have adopted a strict liability standard, holding owners liable any time their pet bites another person, without any consideration of negligence and regardless of whether the owner was exercising care in keeping or handling the animal at the time or not. Still another popular approach only holds owners liable if they previously knew that their animal had a dangerous or vicious propensity to bite or attack. This doctrine is often called the “one free bite” rule, because an owner may not be liable the first time their animal attacks a person, but after that incident they are on notice and responsible for future attacks.

The Right Animal Attack Attorney Can Help

Dog bites can cause serious injuries, including compound fractures, facial lacerations and puncture wounds, internal injuries, nerve damage, scarring and disfigurement, rabies, and emotional trauma. Victims sometimes come away from a vicious animal attack with permanent physical disabilities as well as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or a lifelong fear of dogs or open places. Death from an animal attack is a very real possibility as well, especially when the victim is a small child.