Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Hiring a Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney
As you might imagine --- the (all too often wrong yet) number one question I get about who to hire as a Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney is: "How much is this going to cost me?"
Now I'm not so dumb as to not understand that price is a huge factor when one contemplates the person they are going to hire to represent them in court; however, it should never be the only point on which that person focuses. As an example, here's a situation I was party to recently:
What Would You Do?
Imagine two attorneys, each presented with the same criminal case by an individual searching for representation.
The first attorney is honest with the potential client, telling him that it is unlikely that the case will prevail at trial, and that the matter will most likely be resolved through a plea agreement (as is the case with almost every criminal case). The attorney then tells the potential client that the fee will be relatively low, and offers to take the case for $1,000.
The second attorney has a different strategy; he tells the potential client that the case can be beaten, promises the individual the world, tells him exactly what he wants to hear, and offers to take the case for $3,000.
Assuming the client earns an average income, which attorney is she likely to take?
The answer: Almost invariably --- the 2nd Attorney.
Although the first attorney is honest and fair priced, the dishonest and expensive maverick will get the case. Even if the second attorney never delivers on his high promises, it is of no concern to him; he’s already been paid. Criminal cases usually require payment in advance (especially if there is a chance the client will be incarcerated at the conclusion of representation), and due to ethical concerns criminal cases may not be contingent on the outcome.
Frankly, I don't dig the idea of being dishonest or scarring my clients into hiring me (even if it might earn me a bigger retainer.) Others might not have an issue with it at all.
Because I'm affordable, because I'm honest --- I can sleep at night, A promise I make to anyone who places their trust in me is that I will go after their case like it was my name on that file. They will never not know what they need to know - even the hard stuff --- and in the end, they will (hopefully) have been spared getting screwed - by the courts and me.
What can someone who needs an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney do? My #1 suggestion is to find someone you can trust. Referrals from family and friends are a good place to start. It might also be a good idea to do some shopping - some tire-kicking. If you visit three or four attorneys, you should be able to get a decent idea of what to expect in terms of price and results. Remember, the two are not always related. Call The Rolloff Law Office to and set up a FREE CONSULTATION: (612) 234-1165.