Here are some very important qualities that you should look for before obtaining legal counsel:
A good criminal lawyer will never say die, they will be ever prepared to do what it takes to get the win. Long, long hours pouring over every little bit of information available - studying case files, interviewing witnesses and seeking new information that even the police haven’t found are all things that your lawyer should be doing for you. If your lawyer is getting eight hours of sleep a night while representing you than he isn’t doing enough to win the case and earn his fee.
A good criminal lawyer will be known and recognized in the community, you will have heard their name and seen their face because they are ever determined to win and will want everyone in the community to know how hard they work. A good criminal lawyer’s reputation for success will most certainly precede them.
Practicing law is a very tricky and difficult occupation, requiring thousands and thousands of hours of study and experience 'in the trenches' to truly perfect. You want a criminal lawyer that has dozens, or better yet hundreds, of cases under his or her belt. With every case tried a good lawyer will learn something that they didn’t have up their sleeve before and you’ll want the benefit of all of those tricks present in the lawyer that is going to be representing you. It’s even better if the lawyer has a good bit of experience representing people in cases similar to yours - some will say that experience is experience, but there are some inherent pitfalls that come with trying certain cases and the more experience your lawyer has dealing with the actual specifics that he or she will encounter with your case, the better prepared her or she will be.
If you call a lawyer to make an appointment and they tell you that they are available any day at any time, that is not a good sign. You want a lawyer that you have to fight to get an appointment with; because that means that they are working. An overly busy lawyer normally gets to be overly busy by winning cases, if a lawyer tells you that he has unlimited availability then they probably haven’t done to well for themselves in the courtroom. It’s much better to be squeezed in by a winning lawyer and give yourself the best chance of getting top quality representation than to choose your appointment time with a lawyer who’s got too much time on his hands and set yourself up for defeat.
You’ll want a lawyer who’s got a local office rather than someone from outside of the jurisdiction. A local lawyer will often have solid relationships with many of the judges and many of the prosecutors that you’ll be appearing before. If your case happens to be one of the many that will be pleaded out to avoid trial, than those close knit relationships with the judges and the prosecution could come in very, very handy in your particular case.
Depending on your case, your choice of legal representation could very well be a life altering decision. Don’t pick blindly from the phone book, do all of the appropriate and necessary research to ensure that you are getting the best possible representation that you can afford for your particular case because that’s the only way that you’ll truly be able to feel confident going into the trial.