The answer to that is simple. There is no such thing as “the best” lawyer.
There are many factors you have to consider in selecting an attorney. Unfortunately, when it comes to lawyers, there is no more competitive field of advertising. You cannot watch television for more than ten minutes without being subjected to egotistic lawyers whining about “get me justice” or touting their few successful verdicts. The Florida Bar tries to regulate lawyer advertising and no lawyer is supposed to claim he is the “best” or the “top” attorney in his field. Unfortunately, there are many lawyer referral services and advertising companies that walk a fine line when it comes to this type of promotion. When you see words like “super”, “the best” or “top” you really need to do your homework. Are they just “super” and the “best” at advertising
Selecting and attorney depends on your special needs. It is a lot like selecting a doctor. Not all doctors have the same qualifications or experience. You would not hire a dermatologist if you needed heart surgery. Not all lawyers are the same. For example, some engage in “general practice” taking all types of cases. Other lawyers, over the years, develop particular experience in particular types of cases. For example, defending a sex crime is different than defending a DUI. Defending a case involving tax fraud is different than defending a traffic ticket. The first thing you have to do is look for a lawyer that has real experience in the area you need. This means real experience in actually handling and trying those types of cases, not just experience in advertising. There are some lawyers who are fantastic at advertising and fantastic at making promises but seldom set foot in a courtroom and haven’t actually tried a criminal case in years. There are lawyers that claim to have offices everywhere and after they sign you up have some local guy actually show up.
What you need is the “best lawyer for you”. Research the type of case you have. Find out which lawyers handle that particular type of case. Research the attorney. Where did he go to law school? How long has he been actually representing people with your type of problem? Many criminal defense lawyers try and count their time as former prosecutors as experience in defending cases. Does the attorney have prior law enforcement experience? For example, if the attorney was a former FBI agent or Federal prosecutor, or former agent, he may have particular knowledge in a particular area. If you have a criminal case in Federal Court, having a former federal agent as you lawyer may be a huge advantage. Go meet with the lawyer. Sit across the desk from him. Ask yourself, “is this the person I want standing beside me in Court”? Do I have confidence in his skills and in his ability to represent me? Is he polite? You need a straight shooting lawyer who will give you an honest opinion of your actual chances of winning, not just tell you what you want to hear. If you have been arrested in Sarasota or arrested in Ft. Myers, your next decision is an important one. Hiring a lawyer is an incredibly important decision that should not be made on advertising alone.
Make an appointment and find out for yourself. Is this the lawyer for me? Bottom line, really look into the background of the lawyer.