Hiring An Attorney For Your Case
You may want an attorney at a bail bond hearing although it is not required. However, if you are facing criminal charges, you probably will need one at some stage for your court case or other negotiations. In most cases if you bail out of jail, the judge will require you to hire your own council. Very few times are public defenders given to people out of custody. Here are some tips to go about hiring an attorney.
Recommendations do not have to be personal. Websites such as Yelp and avvo.com often include client reviews of attorneys. Some attorneys may provide references from clients. Ask your bondsman as well for a list of attorneys in your area. Most lawyers will leave their business cards behind at a bondsman’s office. Also, local bar association lists and resources kept inside the court clerks office.
If you paid your bail bond and you are out of jail, it is helpful if you can meet with more than one criminal attorney. Here are some of the issues you may want those questions to address:
- experience with similar cases
- court case experience overall and experience with jury trials
- experience in plea agreements
- how to pay fees, including the possibility of a payment plan
While asking these questions, you can also get a sense of whether you feel you can work with this attorney.
Make the Choice
After doing your research, you should choose a criminal attorney based on a combination of factors. The lawyer’s expertise, the price and your comfort level with the attorney. For more information give us a call at Big Mike’s Bail Bonds. We are here to help.