It is never easy to be charged with a crime in Michigan, and even more difficult having to choose a criminal defense attorney to defend you or a loved one.
First, do not hire a criminal attorney simply because they say they are criminal attorneys. Some are not criminal defense attorneys but have some 'basic' understanding of criminal law. Further, don't get trapped by those attorneys who engage in marketing tactics to lure you to believe that they are the best criminal attorney for your particular criminal charge. Ask questions about their experience, knowledge and whether they've handled a case similar to yours.
Second, conduct a search on Google, Yahoo and Bing. Today's technology allows anyone to find information for almost anything. Those days of limited information is long gone. Now you can simply get on your computer or phone and perform your own research for a particular attorney. Without doing this search and a bit of leg work on your end, you may find yourself with the wrong criminal defense attorney handling your case where your freedom, job, educational goals, license and livelihood are on the line. Don't put your trust on the first criminal defense attorney who offers you a free consultation. Shop around until you find that attorney whom you are most comfortable. Being charged with a crime is serious and so too, your search for a criminal attorney.
Third, never shop for an attorney simply because he or she offered the lowest attorney fees. Sometimes cheap can be expensive. Many criminal defense attorneys will offer you the option of a flat fee for all legal services performed or an hourly rate. The criminal defense attorney should explain these options to you in detail, and help you to select the option that is best for you.
Fourth, sometimes the best criminal defense attorney is the public defender if you can not afford to retain a criminal defense attorney on your own or with the help of family or friends. Not all public defenders are bad as you hear or read about; some are more experienced and better at their jobs than those in private practice.
Fifth, you will want to choose a criminal defense attorney who will answer your calls and attend to your questions and concerns. There are some criminal attorneys who will take your money and then they disappear for a long time. You want a criminal defense attorney who will be there for you day and night. One who will keep you apprised of your matter and one who will handle your case as if it was he or she facing a criminal charge(s). Additionally, you will want someone who will aggressively pursue to protect your rights and get you the best possible outcome for your matter.
In sum, choose a criminal defense attorney you feel most comfortable with and one who allows you the time and freedom to express your concerns and your version of the facts. Never just hire an attorney simply because he or she is a friend or a family member. You want an attorney who is experienced in the criminal law field and knows all of the ins and outs of defending your criminal charge and advance your constitutional rights in a court of law.
If you or someone you know is facing a criminal charge in Oakland County, Macomb County or surrounding areas, contact Attorney Daniel D. Hajji directly at (248) 599-0054 for a free phone or office consultation.