In my last article, I talked about why it is a good idea to hire a lawyer if charged with a motor vehicle violation. But hiring just any lawyer isn’t the best idea. It is important that you find the right attorney to represent you and your interests. In this article, I consider important factors in finding a lawyer. This should help you make the right decision about choosing an attorney.
Don’t Just Hire Any Attorney
Unlike doctors, lawyers don’t necessarily specialize in a particular type of law. Attorneys are qualified to practice any type of law. They just need a little bit of education or background knowledge in the subject. This can be good for attorneys. It means that they can handle almost any case that comes through the door. However, it is not always good for clients. An attorney that has never worked on a motor vehicle violation case can defend you against a speeding ticket, but should he? This lawyer does not have the experience with this type of law to do the best job for you. Instead of picking just any attorney, you should seek out an attorney who has experience with the infraction that you have been charged with.
Ask For Recommendations
Unlike other run-ins with the law, motor vehicle violations are fairly common. If you have a friend, family member, or colleague that has a motor vehicle violation charge, consider asking for advice. If they hired an attorney, start here. You might consider hiring that attorney to assist you if your friend was happy with that attorney.
Ask For An Initial Consultation
Most attorneys offer a free initial consultation during which you can decide if you want to hire the lawyer or not. During this meeting, you can discuss your situation. Ask the attorney about his or her qualifications and get your questions answered. You will be able to get to know a lawyer and his or her approach during your first meeting. You can use this information to determine if you want to work with the lawyer or not.
Make Sure That You Feel Comfortable
Working with an attorney is a professional experience. At the same time, it is a personal issues such as your freedom and your reputation are at stake. Make sure that you feel comfortable with the lawyer that you choose to hire. Your attorney should be personally invested in your case. This is a decision that you should not make lightly. If you don’t feel comfortable with an attorney, keep searching for the right one.
Finding just any lawyer is not difficult, but finding the right attorney can be. That’s because finding the right lawyer is an involved process. While you might not want to deal with an intensive search, choosing the right lawyer is a good idea. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys today, contact us at 203-567-6474.