January 5 2017
We live in a world of advertising and marketing.
Hiring a lawyer, one who you can trust, and one who can win is an important decision that should not be based on “advertisements”.
Just like there a differences in the quality of cars, televisions and other products, there are huge differences in lawyers when it comes to training, experience and track record.
Sadly, like car salesmen, some lawyers will tell you what you want to hear to get hired. This is particularly true in criminal cases, where you want to hear that everything is going to be ok.
I have been defending people accused of committing crimes for four decades and have interviewed tens of thousands of potential clients.
No lawyer should give any client false hope or say what they want to hear just to get hired. The truth is the truth. On the other hand, I have found over the years that no case is 100% impossible.
Winning is a result of thorough investigation, hard work, a knowledge of the law, and most important, experience.
They do not teach experience in law school.
Being a former prosecutor helps but that is no substitute for experience in defending, not prosecuting cases. Good lawyers follow the law. Great lawyers create the law. The law changes every day with each new statute and court decision. What may have been the law last year, may not be the law this year. Experience in one area of the law, like DUI, does not mean you have experience in more complicated areas of law such as tax evasion or sex crimes. You would not hire a foot doctor for a heart problem.
Some lawyers are good at advertising but seldom set foot in the courtroom.
Good lawyers are not cheap. Would you want to buy the cheapest parachute or the cheapest life raft? What you are paying for hopefully, is knowledge, experience and results.
Do not be bashful about asking questions when you hire a lawyer, and verify the answers.