Hiring the right criminal defense attorney in Orange County, California, can be the most important decision a person makes when being accused and/or charged with a criminal matter in the County of Orange. There are a few things a person should look for when trying to decide who the right attorney is for them.
The initial contact with an attorney or his staff is usually over the phone. That first phone call can tell a person a lot about the type of attorney they are calling. The availability and willingness of an attorney and their staff to take the time necessary to talk to you is a sign of who you will be dealing with. Telephone consultations can definitely give you an idea of how you feel initially about the attorney and their staff however, face to face meetings can cement that personal connection. An attorney who gives you as much time as you and he need is an attorney who is serious about the successful outcome of your case.
When meeting an attorney for the first time, and even after having retained him, an attorney should be interested in the details, no matter how small they may seem and should not be preoccupied with the amount of time he is spending with you or the issue of money. While attorney fees must be discussed, this should never be the focus. A good attorney prefers to focus on the best possible outcome for his client and not on the issue of attorney fees. Once you have retained an attorney, you should feel a sense of relief. Your attorney is now your advocate and should be navigating your case in the direction that will result in the best outcome possible. If you have chosen the right attorney, you can go on with your life and let your attorney take over and hopefully relieve some stress knowing that you have someone who is doing everything possible to help you.
Another key sign to look for is how interested is the attorney in you as a person. Getting to know you, your background, achievements, prior problems, anything that tells him something about the person, not the criminal. This is one way an attorney can develop an understanding of who he is defending and develop a personal connection with his client. This will come through when talking and discussing your case with the District Attorney and/or Judge involved in your case. If the case has not yet been filed, prior intervention can sometimes be extremely helpful and the more knowledge your attorney has of you the person, the more sincere his conversations with the arresting agency or district attorney will be.
Anyone being accused of a crime in Orange County, California, should seek the advise of an attorney who is familiar with all the Courts in Orange County. An attorney who has a good working relationship with the individual Judges, District Attorneys, Court Clerks and Probation Department, as well as the Court staff, will be better able to get your charges reduced and/or dismissed. An attorney familiar with the Courts in which a case is pending will result in the best possible outcome available.