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How to Choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Palm Beach

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How to Choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Palm Beach

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Have you been charged with a criminal offense? 

If so, you’re strongly advised to contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Even if you were charged with a seemingly minor offense, criminal charges should always be taken seriously. 

Without the appropriate legal representation, even a misdemeanor can result in fines, jail time, and a criminal record. 

Only time can erase a criminal record, but until then, it can hurt your chances of finding employment.

As a result, perhaps the most important step is finding legal representation. Here are the steps to take when looking for a criminal defense lawyer.

Find a lawyer who specializes in criminal law. 

There are some people who think contacting the lawyer who prepared their will can defend them against criminal charges. 

This is not the case. You’re recommended to find an attorney who specializes in criminal law.  It’s also recommended to find an attorney who has represented defendants with a similar offense as yours. 

For example, if you have been charged for a white-collar crime, like embezzlement, find an attorney who specializes in this offense, such as Patrick R. McKamey.

Choose a local attorney. 

There’s more to choosing a local attorney than convenience. This often-overlooked step is important for several reasons. 

Procedures can vary depending on the courthouse, and it’s important for your attorney to know the procedures of the courthouse where your case is pending. 

Each judge also has his/her style, and it’s to your advantage if your attorney knows the different judges in your city and how best to communicate with them. All these particulars can help your attorney prepare a solid strategy.

If you are looking for felony lawyers in Palm Beach, contact the law office of Patrick R. McKamey today. Licensed for over 20 years, he has specialized in the following defenses:

  • Drug Charges
  • Assault and Battery
  • DUI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Manslaughter and Murder
  • Fraud
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Juvenile Offenses
  • All other Misdemeanors and Felonies

Research the lawyer.

If you don’t know someone who can recommend a criminal defense lawyer near you, look for reputable sources online. Reading reviews on Google+ and Facebook is a good starting point. 

You should also check the attorney’s background through your state bar association. Every lawyer must register through a state bar association so your attorney should be there. 

Once there, you can gather information on the lawyers’ conduct and whether s/he has made any ethical violations. These records are always up-to-date and accurate, as the state bar association makes it a priority to keep tabs on lawyers licensed in the state.

When researching a lawyer’s track record, you should also learn about their courtroom experience. If your case goes to trial, you want a lawyer who knows the rules of a courtroom and feels confident defending you in a court hearing. 

If you can’t find this information on their website, make sure to ask about it during your initial consultation.

Request a consultation. 

Most lawyers offer free consultations, at which time they will likely establish a fee structure, but more importantly, discuss the details of your case. During this time, feel free to ask the attorney any questions you may have. Not only should the attorney know the answers, but you should feel confident with the answers they’ve provided. 

A consultation is a good opportunity to gauge whether the lawyer is a right fit, as no two lawyers are alike. Years of experience are important, but passion will also make a huge difference.

Lawyer-defendant relationship.

It’s not easy to determine whether you feel comfortable with your attorney during the initial consultation. As time progresses, you should be able to properly gauge whether this is someone you feel comfortable opening up to, whether s/he is including you on all the final decisions, and you’re confident about the direction the case is heading.

If your lawyer isn’t checking all your boxes, find another criminal defense lawyer in Palm Beach. With so many qualified lawyers, you shouldn’t settle with someone who doesn’t meet your expectations.

Contact the law office of Patrick R. McKamey, P.A.

If you are facing criminal charges, contact our law office immediately. Attorney McKamey will educate you on your legal rights, prepare a winning strategy and advise and represent you in court, if necessary.

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