The State of Utah requires prospective lawyers to pass a test after graduating from law school, and it’s the same test for everyone. But once a person passes the exam, he or she chooses a direction for a career. For example, some choose to represent citizens in family law matters (such as will creation, estate planning, and divorce). Some become interested in immigration matters. Some focus on protecting corporations from liability or tax implications. Some choose to work for city and county governments prosecuting those accused of crimes. And some choose to defend those alleged offenders. When you’ve had a run-in with an officer of the law, you need the last kind of attorney. You need a Utah criminal defense attorney.
So now that you have a better idea of which kind of attorney you are seeking, you should narrow the field some more. The Utah criminal defense attorney you are looking for has experience in defending others with similar charges to yours. To some, this might seem obvious. But it isn’t easy to find out what kind of experience an attorney has–unless you ask. After a brief description of your case, you can ask the lawyer questions such as how many other cases like yours he or she has encountered, what the outcomes were, what to be forewarned about, and what to expect. The fact that each case is unique does not mean that every situation in each case is unique. An experienced Utah criminal defense attorney will know how to navigate the unique facets of your case.
Related to experience is practice focus. Doctors who finish medical school often go on to specialize in a particular field of medicine. But attorneys do not specialize. They may choose to focus their practice in a particular type of law and receive advanced training, however. It might help your decision to ask if your attorney has received any training pertaining to your type of case.
Another somewhat obvious way to determine who will be your Utah criminal defense attorney is to discuss the fee he or she will charge to defend your case. Only an attorney should quote you a fee, and this means that you may need to meet with multiple attorneys to establish a reasonable price range. Price shouldn’t be the only factor in hiring an attorney, but no one can deny that it’s a significant one. Find out what the payment options are, such as payment plans and types accepted.
Once you have discussed the facts of your case with a lawyer, determined that the lawyer is experienced and up to the challenge of defending you, and that you can afford the lawyer’s fees, there’s one more thing you might want to determine–and it isn’t so obvious. You want a Utah criminal defense attorney who will represent you the way you want to be represented.
There are many different kinds of criminal defense attorneys. Some are very aggressive and do not settle; others work deals, good and bad. Some are loud, while others are quiet. Some are long-winded and others concise. All these attorneys can be effective. Your personality and goals greatly contribute to your successful choice, so they ought to be a factor in your decision.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide who you want representing you. These are only some of the suggestions to consider when hiring a Utah criminal defense attorney. You should conduct a thorough search for your attorney and then trust your instincts.