Not all legal services are equal - Beware of the one size fits all attorney!
You may or may not know this, but -- just because someone has a law degree and is a friend of your Uncle Joe's -- doesn't mean he or she is the best attorney for you.
After all, when you're talking about being charged with a criminal offense, that kind of situation is no small matter . I know that lots of innocent people find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and oftentimes good people make a mistake in their choice of how to deal with life’s difficulties. Your situation can happen to anyone. But, now what happens to you in the court system can affect you for the rest of your life!.
Do you really want to trust your defense to just any lawyer? Just think about it……Remember the O. J. Simpson trial….Wouldn't you rather have an attorney like O. J.'s attorney representing you instead of the prosecuting attorney in the O. J. Case?
Whether or not you think O.J. was guilty or innocent, you probably recognize that O.J's innocent verdict had a lot to do with the skilled defense he received.
That's why you can't shop for attorneys like you shop for shoes. They are not all created equal! I'm sure you realize that after watching the O. J. trial. So, deciding on an attorney based on price alone does not make much sense -- that is, if you want to have the best chance of being found not guilty.
Your Future Depends on Getting the Right Legal Help
If you shop for a bargain basement attorney, you'll get a bargain basement defense. Can you really afford to settle for that? Tell me, what's your future worth? After all if you buy bargain basement shoes and they hurt your feet you can either take them back or you can live with the pain for a little while until its time to get new shoes.
But in a criminal matter you can't undo the bad outcome of a bad defense. You can't take it back and start over again like you can with shoes. If you end up in prison -- seeing your family only on visiting days -- because your attorney was inexperienced or inept, what kind of a bargain is that?
No, -- what you need is someone who knows their way around a courtroom, someone who knows what they're doing in a criminal case. You don't need your next door neighbor's divorce attorney or the attorney who drafted your brother-in-law's will. And even if you ask your friends to refer you to someone, chances are they will not have the expert " in the know" advice on the best attorney to handle your case.
How Can You Make This All Important Decision?
So, what are you to do? Just go through the yellow pages and pick out the name you like the sound of or the attorney with the biggest ad? I don't recommend that approach either...
Instead, you probably would like to know how skilled and experienced the attorney is at getting a not guilty verdict for his clients, or at least getting a lesser charge.
While your particular situation will be unique and no lawyer can guarantee a particular outcome it's helpful to hear what other clients say about the lawyer as well as to be given some examples of sample cases that he or she handled.
Click here to hear what some of my clients have to say and to read about some sample cases.
There are a few other ways to make sure you get the right lawyer for your case - - a skilled lawyer who will fight for your rights --so you'll have the best chance of keeping your freedom!
And, after being in the criminal law field in Oklahoma City for 27 years I think I can offer you some advice on the:
6 Most Important Questions to Ask a Lawyer before Deciding to Hire Him.
1. First of all, you must ask -- "How many years has he practiced criminal law?" Of course, the longer the time -- the more training and experience he will have. Ten years or more gives you a good probability that he will have expert knowledge to use in getting you the best outcome for your case. This expert knowledge not only relates to knowing the laws, but also knowing the other lawyers, judges, and how they operate,... and being able to figure out the best strategy for your case.
2. Secondly , you must ask -- "How many trials has he handled?" Obviously, you would rather have someone who has tried a lot of cases, ideally 100 or more. An attorney with that level of experience is going to be better at such things as jury selection, negotiating reduced sentences, closing arguments, and any number of critical elements in a criminal case. You don't want to get someone just out of law school!
3. Next, you should ask -- "How many were jury trials?" Jury trials are very different from other trials and are a true test of the attorney's ability to think on his feet. Again you want that number to be high -- say -- at least 50 or more. One of the ways I see defendants unknowingly losing their ability to get the best plea bargain (without going to trial) is having a lawyer who is inexperienced in trials or who avoids them altogether. Believe me, the prosecution can smell that inexperience and therefore will not offer as good a plea. But, if the prosecution knows the defense lawyer is not afraid of trial, your bargaining power is immensely improved. You see, the assistant D.A.'s don't want to waste their time trying a case if they think your defense attorney will win.
4. There's another key question to ask that almost no one asks because this is a little known credential that most attorneys will not tell clients about . And that question is -- "Is he a Certified Criminal Attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocacy?" -- This is a designation few attorneys have. It means the attorney has tried at least 40 jury trials along with several other rigorous requirements. You can be sure he/she has the experience you want and desperately need if he is certified. This certification comes from an impartial board that has certain strict National requirements for attainment not based on any "political" or biased considerations.
Few attorneys are certified because they either do not have the strict qualifications it takes or they are not dedicated enough to criminal defense to give their clients that reassurance.
5. Something else you want to know is "Will he provide you with at least a monthly update on your case?" Many attorneys leave their clients in the dark about what is going on. This "not knowing" can drive you crazy and make it hard for you to concentrate on other things in your life like earning a living . Being charged with a crime is stressful enough—you don't need an unresponsive lawyer to add to the stress--- and maybe even give you headaches, ulcers, or high blood pressure!
6. Last, but not least, you must ask, "Will he give you a flat fee price or charge an hourly rate which can go on forever?" After an attorney does a thorough job of determining what kind of work is needed for your case, if he is experienced, he should be able to quote you a set price. After all, you want to know what it will cost you -- without having to worry about an attorney who purposely drags things out to run up his fees!
Ok, so you're probably wondering what would my answers be to the above questions. I'll lay it out for you.
* As I mentioned I have 27 years experience in criminal law in Oklahoma City , --- or in other words, I ' ve been around the block a few times. I am a former prosecutor, having worked for Bob Macy for a number of years as an assistant District Attorney. In fact, I trained a number of the current prosecutors that are there now. So, I understand how the other side thinks and acts. And let me tell you-- this inside knowledge is a real edge in criminal defense.
* Over those years, I have handled several Hundred trials
* Well over 100 were jury trials .
* I am one of only a handful of attorneys in this state who is a Certified Criminal Attorney - -certified by the National board of Trial Advocacy.
* You will receive an update at least monthly, on your case if you choose me. I don't want to leave you in the dark and all nervous. If I ever miss giving you your monthly update -- You can deduct 10% off my fee---- That's my guarantee to you! Tell me, when have you heard of any other attorney giving you that kind of Guarantee?! -- Probably never!
* After you share with me everything I need to know to analyze your case, you will receive a Flat Fee Guarantee from me to handle your case -- so you will know how much its going to cost before I start. This way you = ll know that I'll do a great job on your case in as short a time as possible. You see, I'll have no reason to drag things out because my fee won't be based on the number of hours I bill you. What that means to you is that you can get this situation over with as soon as possible and get on with your life
After all, isn't that what you're after -- to improve your chances of getting the best outcome, being kept up to date, knowing what it will cost, and getting this handled so you can concentrate on the rest of your life!
Since you have come to this website, you or a loved one probably have a pending criminal legal problem and so... what I am going to do for you, if you call me and mention this website I will give you a Free 30 minute legal examination of your situation. All you have to do is call me at 405 - 728 - 8223 to schedule an appointment. If I'm in trial, I'll get back to you within 48 hours.
I want you to know that even though I have allowed a certain amount of time for some of these FREE legal examinations, my busy schedule may not allow me to take your case (There is only 1 of me and my time is limited - so calling right away will improve your chances!) If you put this off and call too late, don't be surprised if I have to recommend some other attorneys as second choices.
Ed Geary, Attorney at Law
5601 NW 72nd Street
OKC , OK 73132
405 - 728 - 8223
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