My First Arrest….Should I Use the Public Defender?CALL 941-366-3506
If you have recently been arrested in Sarasota for possession of heroin, aggravated battery or a sex crime the most important decision you have to make is the hiring of a lawyer. Many people simply opt for a free lawyer from the Sarasota Public Defender’s office. If you are genuinely broke and cannot borrow money from friends or relatives, you have no choice and have to use the public defender. Ask yourself this question: If you had a serious medical issue that could cost you the use of an arm or leg, would you want to go to a public health clinic? A felony conviction, particularly for a sex crime is a life altering event. You lose important rights forever and may have to live with the handicap of sex offender probation. You can lose your driver’s license for a drug conviction and lose the ability to obtain licenses or jobs with a felony conviction.
Who is the best criminal lawyer in Sarasota?
Unfortunately, the assistant public defenders are overworked, overloaded and underpaid. They have to handle hundreds of cases and there are only so many hours in a day. They are also under paid and often do not stay in the office once they get some experience. The net result is that often, some of the assistants lack experience and may lack the drive to put in that extra effort that it takes to win. There is no such thing as the “best criminal defense attorney in Sarasota”. Some lawyers with slick advertising imply they are the “best” claiming to have high ratings. Some lawyers with slick advertising imply they are the “best” claiming to have high ratings.
Look into the lawyer’s actual trial experience. There is no substitute for decades of actual courtroom experience.
Go meet with the lawyer. Make sure you are not dealing with a lawyer who will simply refer the case to someone else.
Does he or she impress you with appearance, knowledge of the law and drive?
Is this the lawyer you want standing next to you in the courtroom?
Don’t go to a law firm mill and take a number. Make sure you are in good hands and get honest answers. Some lawyers will simply tell you what you want to hear to get you signed up. Honesty is important and you need to have a realistic evaluation of your case. Good lawyers don’t sugar coat it.