How should I go about in choosing an Attorney?
The attorney will be helping you solve your problems. Therefore, it is important that you feel comfortable enough to tell him/her honestly and completely, all personal facts necessary to resolve your problem. A neighbor, relative, friend, employer, will not be able to tell you which particular attorney is best for you. You must judge that for yourself. Most attorneys will allow you to talk with them before making a final decision. If you do not know an attorney, contact Utah State Bar Lawyer Referral Directory to receive a referral for competent legal representation. The referral program screens potential members and accepts or denies attorneys to its service.
Remember that when you have a legal problem, you should go to an attorney. Beware of advice from individuals who are not attorneys. To consult someone who is not an attorney about a legal problem is always risky and often costly. Generally, no two legal problems are alike.
Do I need a lawyer if I intend to plead guilty?
Absolutely. Even if you intend to plead guilty to your charges, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney. In some cases, your lawyer may be able to negotiate a lesser charge or lighter sentence. If you attempt to represent yourself, you could end up facing much stiffer penalties. For this reason, you should not hesitate to invoke your right to legal counsel as soon as you have been arrested. You should also avoid admitting guilt until you have explored all of your legal options.
Should I hire an attorney for minor charges?
Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of thinking that their charges are "minor." Even if you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense, the consequences of a conviction could follow you around for the rest of your life. For this reason, you should always take the time to learn more about your charges and the defense options that are available to you. Our firm has helped countless individuals to reduce the impact of a criminal conviction, and we stand ready to fight for you.
When should I contact a criminal lawyer?
As soon as you have been arrested and detained by a law enforcement officer, they are required by law to tell you that you have the right to remain silent and that you have the right to an attorney. Although both of these rights should be exercised immediately, you should waste no time in contacting a legal professional. In doing so, you may be able to gain a clearer understanding of what steps to take next and then start on devising a viable defense strategy. The sooner you take action in the interest of your defense, the better off you will be. What is also important to understand is that choosing the right attorney is just as crucial to the outcome of your case.
What is a private lawyer likely to cost?
It is impossible to give a definitive answer. Attorneys set their own fees, which vary according to a number of factors:
•The complexity of a case. Most attorneys charge more for felonies than for misdemeanors because felonies carry greater penalties and are likely to involve more work for the attorney.
•The attorney's experience. Generally, less-experienced attorneys set lower fees than their more-experienced colleagues do.
•Geography. Just as gasoline and butter cost more in some parts of the country than others, so do lawyers.
A defendant charged with a misdemeanor should not be surprised by a legal fee in the neighborhood of $3,000-$5,000; an attorney may want $15,000-$25,000 in a felony case. Most criminal defense attorneys want all or a substantial portion of the fee paid up front. Contingency fees (where the lawyer gets paid only if he wins the case) are not allowed in criminal cases.
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