Preparing to Meet With a Criminal Defense Attorney
When you are faced with allegations of sexual misconduct the stakes are very high. How this turns out for you will depend a great deal on your attorney and their expertise with these complicated cases. There are plenty of criminal defense attorneys who will take any criminal charge that walks in the door. At the Meryhew Law Group we are not a Jack of All Trades law firm. We focus our practice on the defense of those accused of sexual offenses, and we have the expertise and the experience to insure you get a vigorous and intelligent defense.Choosing the Right Attorney for You
In order to find the best attorney for you, here are few things to consider in your search:
- Make sure that any attorney you consider has extensive experience with the kind of charges you are facing. Sex offenses are complicated and require an attorney who is experienced in this area. If the attorney you are looking at lacks this experience, keep looking.
- Check out the attorney’s credentials. The Internet allows you to research an attorney before you meet with them. Check out www.avvo.com and other attorney rating sites. Here you will find client reviews and recommendations by other attorneys, in addition to the attorney’s professional activities. This should help you determine if the attorney has the credentials you are looking for before you meet with them.
- Listen to the attorney. Are they making sense as they explain things to you? Are they talking to you or at you? Do you feel comfortable in their office? Ultimately you will rely a great deal on your attorney’s ability to communicate with you in a way that works for you. If they aren’t making a lot of sense at the beginning it is unlikely to get better as the case proceeds.
When meeting with a lawyer for the first time, try and present him or her with as much information as possible. Here are some things to remember:
Bring any and all documentation you have pertaining to your arrest. This might include:
- Warrants or police documentation of items seized from you
- Charging documents, and all court paperwork
- Bail paperwork
- Dates and times of future court appearances
- A police report, if you can get one
- Any records of prior arrests or convictions
- The names of any witnesses the attorney should talk with
Being accused of a sexual offense can be devastating to a person’s entire life. Choosing the best attorney for you in this situation is critical if you are to survive this ordeal. Find a criminal defense attorney who has the appropriate experience and training, and who talks to you in a way that you can understand.