Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Hiring a Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney - Part II (Explained)
If you believe you need an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney to help you or your loved one, be smart about your decision. After reading this ... you may also want to consider the following:
Trust Your Gut
If you aren't comfortable with the Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer that you've consulted with try a different office. Believe it or not: you do not have any obligation to hire a lawyer merely because you met with him or her. If your lawyer is promising you that your case is easy, or makes promises that you won't go to jail, speak to other lawyers before signing a retainer agreement - some lawyers misrepresent the gravity of the situation or the complexity of a case ... in order to entice someone into paying a huge fee, and then blame the judge or prosecutor when the promises they made don't come true.
Pay Lawyer or Public Defender?
People who are charged with serious, felony offenses, and many individuals who are charged with certain misdemeanors, may be eligible for a free lawyer - ie.,, the public defender. This is based on an assessment of the defendant's resources to determine if the he/she will qualify for an appointment of a free lawyer.
Some people assume that a court appointed criminal defense lawyer will offer services which are inferior to a privately retained lawyer --- this isn't always true. Sure, some public defenders will prove to be insufficiently skilled or dedicated to their work to provide an effective defense --- but, you could find some private attorneys who are equally flawed.
One main difference ... "customer-service." A private attorney is likely to have more time to involve themselves in your case --- able to answer your questions at any time/anywhere.
If you can hire an effective Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer you should not hesitate to do so. Not all lawyers are the same ... and prices vary widely. Call the Rolloff Law Office to see if we might be able to help you: (612) 234-1165.