Criminal Defense Attorney Nick Alcock talks about what to consider when choosing a criminal defense attorney
If you have been accused of a crime in Arizona, whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony, most likely you have already begun your search for a criminal defense attorney to represent you in your case. Your top priority is to prepare for your next scheduled court date. With so many lawyers out there, you may be wondering how to choose the right criminal defense attorney for your immediate needs. This becomes especially true if this is your first contact with or need for a criminal defense lawyer. You may be facing serious consequences such as hefty fines, jail/prison time, probation, a tainted record and more. Not having an experienced criminal defense lawyer with a stellar reputation by your side can cost you a lot more than money.
Regardless of the charges facing you, it is important to remember that a criminal defense attorney doesn’t need to be convinced of your innocence in order to represent you in court. Some defendants worry that their lawyer won’t believe them, but it is the job of a criminal defense attorney to advocate for his or her client, not to formulate an opinion about their guilt or innocence. Your attorney’s job should always be to determine whether the laws were followed in conjunction with your arrest and the charges filed. A wise suggestion would be to try to find one with several years of experience representing clients who have had similar charges against them.
At Alcock and Associates, we will simply and clearly explain the criminal charges against you, what they entail, your legal rights and how evidence can be used against you in court. Our skilled attorneys deal with many substantive issues and serious offenses with which our clients have been charged and can often help to prevent the court from filing charges in the first place.
We also believe you have a right to know exactly how much you will be charged prior to deciding to hire an attorney. We always charge an affordable, flat fee with payment plan options. Please give Alcock and Associates a call today at 602-989-5000 to set up a free, initial consultation.