James V. Murray
How To Find The Right Lawyer For You and Why It Matters
Finding a Lawyer You Can Trust
Before you begin the process of defending your case, you need to find an attorney that you feel comfortable with. Talk to lawyers about client confidentiality and your basic legal rights. In order to have the best possible legal representation, you need to feel comfortable telling the entire story to your legal counsel.
Different attorneys are more experienced in different fields. Finding a DUI lawyer might bring you different results than finding an attorney that generalizes across all car accidents. If you are being charged with a DUI, you would likely have better odds if you chose a lawyer who has spent their entire career studying DUI law.
What About the Money?
In the United States, if you've been accused of a crime and cannot afford a lawyer to defend yourself, a public defender will be appointed to you. You have a constitutionally guaranteed right to an attorney regardless of your financial situation. The only problem here is that many public defenders are either new on the job or have not had as much experience with your specific legal situation. They will still give you the best legal representation they know how, but sometimes more practiced hands are better for the job.