It is never easy to be charged with a crime in Michigan, and even more
difficult having to choose a
Criminal Defense Attorney to defend you or a loved one.
First, do not hire a criminal attorney simply because they say they are
criminal attorneys. Some are not criminal defense attorneys but have some
'basic' understanding of criminal law. Further, don't get
trapped by those attorneys who engage in marketing tactics to lure you
to believe that they are the best criminal attorney for your particular
criminal charge. Ask questions about their experience, knowledge and whether
they've handled a case similar to yours.
Second, conduct a search on Google, Yahoo and Bing. Today's technology
allows anyone to find information for almost anything. Those days of limited
information is long gone. Now you can simply get on your computer or phone
and perform your own research for a particular attorney. Without doing
this search and a bit of leg work on your end, you may find yourself with
the wrong criminal defense attorney handling your case where your freedom,
job, educational goals, license and livelihood are on the line. Don't
put your trust on the first criminal defense attorney who offers you a
free consultation. Shop around until you find that attorney whom you are
most comfortable. Being charged with a crime is serious and so too, your
search for a
Third, never shop for an attorney simply because he or she offered the
lowest attorney fees. Sometimes cheap can be expensive. Many criminal
defense attorneys will offer you the option of a flat fee for all legal
services performed or an hourly rate. The criminal defense attorney should
explain these options to you in detail, and help you to select the option
that is best for you.
Fourth, sometimes the best criminal defense attorney is the public defender
if you can not afford to retain a criminal defense attorney on your own
or with the help of family or friends. Not all public defenders are bad
as you hear or read about; some are more experienced and better at their
jobs than those in private practice.
Fifth, you will want to choose a criminal defense attorney who will answer
your calls and attend to your questions and concerns. There are some criminal
attorneys who will take your money and then they disappear for a long
time. You want a criminal defense attorney who will be there for you day
and night. One who will keep you apprised of your matter and one who will
handle your case as if it was he or she facing a criminal charge(s). Additionally,
you will want someone who will aggressively pursue to protect your rights
and get you the best possible outcome for your matter.
In sum, choose a
Criminal Defense Attorney you feel most comfortable with and one who allows you the time and freedom
to express your concerns and your version of the facts. Never just hire
an attorney simply because he or she is a freind or a family member. You
want an attorney who is experienced in the criminal law field and knows
all of the ins and outs of defending your criminal charge and advance
your consitutional rights in a court of law.
If you or someone you know is facing a criminal charge in Oakland County,
Macomb County or surrounding areas, contact
Attorney Daniel D. Hajji directly at (248) 782-8322 for a free phone or office consultation.