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How to Hire a San Francisco Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested for a felony in San Francisco, you need to hire an attorney as soon as you can. The criminal justice system starts working the moment you’re arrested, and it’s important for you to start your defense. This article can help you hire the right San Francisco criminal defense attorney.
How to Find San Francisco Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you haven’t hired an attorney before, you may not know where to find one. Fortunately, two good methods are close at hand.
Attorneys.com can quickly and confidentially connect you with San Francisco criminal lawyers anywhere in the Bay area, from San Mateo to Sausalito. To get started, complete the form above or call 1-877-913-7222. After you answer a few short questions, you’ll be connected with one or more San Francisco criminal lawyers. You can call and schedule an appointment, or they will contact you within two business days.
You can also find an attorney through the people you know. Ask your friends and family if they’ve used a San Francisco criminal defense attorney before. If they have, ask if they recommend the lawyer and find out more about him.
When you have one or more attorneys in mind, it’s time to start learning about each one. The best place to find out more about a San Francisco criminal defense lawyer is an initial consultation.
Meeting with San Francisco Criminal Defense Attorneys
Your first meeting, or initial consultation, is where the attorney learns about your case, and you learn about the attorney. You’ll describe your case and be able to ask questions. The consultation is usually free, and you aren’t required to hire the attorney afterward.
It’s important that you bring all documents related to you felony in San Francisco. Your arrest report, bail papers, court documents and witness information will all help the attorney understand your case.
You should also bring a pen and paper to take notes. They will help you remember the questions and answers when you’re done.
The questions you ask will help you decide if you should hire the attorney. It’s important to know what to ask and prepare in advance. The most important areas for questions are:
- Attorney experience: Make sure that the attorney has deep experience in criminal defense, and is familiar with the local court, judges and prosecutors.
- Legal approach and strategy: Once you’ve explained your case, learn how the attorney plans to defend you and see if you agree.
- Legal fees: Ask about the attorney’s billing method, rate, estimated total fee, and costs and expenses.
Not all San Francisco criminal lawyers are the same, and an attorney who’s right for one person may not be right for you. In addition to the items above, look for an attorney that makes your feel comfortable and confident.
Hiring an Attorney
You should be well-informed about each attorney you’ve met in consultation. If you review your notes and still find it hard to decide between a few attorneys, feel free to seek more answers. Contact the attorney with additional or follow-up questions, and ask for client references if they will help you decide. When you are confident and comfortable with an attorney, begin the hiring process and start your defense.