This is the first post in a series which will answer the question of whether hiring a Phoenix criminal defense attorney is “worth it.” I have decided to write on this topic due to the fact that many defendants have never faced the criminal justice system before. Such persons may find themselves wondering if they need to pay the money for a private lawyer or whether they should utilize the services of the public defender. My goal with this series is to provide information which will help local residents make an informed decision when deciding whether or not to retain private counsel.
I will be addressing several topics over my coming posts. Issues which I will analyze include:
- How hiring a private defense attorney helps to protect your future
- How the use of private counsel allows you to select a representative who is a “good fit”
- How to go about choosing a criminal defense lawyer
- Examples of how legal services justify their costs
These are important topics for several reasons. First, it is important to understand that even a misdemeanor charge can hinder your future prospects. In today’s economy, where people can expect to change jobs and careers multiple times, it is important that you keep as many options open as possible. Second, by retaining a private attorney you can choose counsel who you feel you are able to communicate with and who you feel is responsive to your needs. Finally, it is important to understand that not all lawyers will handle or approach your case in the same way. It is important to select counsel who will properly handle your matter while providing quality service.
One point I cannot stress enough is that you should not consider any criminal charge to be a “do it yourself” matter. Too often, in criminal cases, defendants feel that the situation is minor and that they will simply explain themselves to the Judge and that the Court will then let them go free with no punishment. Such defendants are then surprised to learn that the Court is taking the matter quite seriously. It is important that you recognize the gravity of the situation and take immediate steps to protect your interests. Contact my Phoenix office today to schedule an initial consultation.
I also represent defendants in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. My firm also assists Pima County residents in Tucson.