How to Choose an Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney
If you’ve been placed under arrest and are facing criminal charges, you will need an Arizona criminal defense attorney to guide you and defend you at trial, if necessary. Here are some tips on how to choose an Arizona criminal defense attorney:
Referral – many people turn to those they trust for a referral, so if a member of your family or any of your friends has used a criminal defense attorney in the past, they may be a good resource for you. Be sure you ask the referral source if they were satisfied with how their attorney handled their case, including keeping them informed, following up in a timely manner and returning phone calls.
Internet search – online lawyer directories like Avvo.com, Lawyers.com, Justia.com and others allow you to search by geography and specialty. They also include ratings and recommendations that can help you decide. You can also search the State Bar of Arizona website for attorneys who specialize in criminal defense.
Interview – after you have a few names, call and/or email the attorneys on your list. Most attorneys offer a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.
Meeting – after choosing an attorney, be sure to meet with them in person as soon as possible to confirm that he or she is the right choice for your criminal case.