7 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Your Defense Attorney

Choose wisely; your future is at stake. Here’s a quick guide from Guy Brown.

Choosing a Lawyer Who Isn’t Experienced

Knowledge. Skill. Judgment. That’s what we’re talking about here. Lawyers don’t get this kind of experience from a book. They get it from working hundreds of cases.

Choosing a Lawyer Based on Advertising

Those lawyers certainly are famous. But are they famous for defending clients or because they’re on TV? You don’t have to be experienced or successful to be in a commercial. You just have to buy the airtime. Go with the solid track record, not the advertising budget.

Choosing a Lawyer Over the Phone

Hiring a lawyer over the phone is dangerous and if a lawyer won’t do a free consultation, that’s worse yet. Sit down, meet face-to-face. Let the attorney explain your charges and answer all your questions. You’ll know if it’s right.

Choosing a Lawyer Based on Promises

No lawyer can promise you a positive outcome. It’s not ethical and it’s not possible. Choose the attorney who will be there and work hardest for you.

Choosing a Lawyer Who Pressures You

This is the most important decision of your life, and you’re already under enough pressure to meet your legal deadlines and protect your rights. Base your decision on experience and track record, not high-pressure sales tactics.

Choosing a Lawyer Based on Price

Sure, money might be tight right now, but when buying legal services—like buying anything else—you get what you pay for. Is your legal defense really the place to skimp? Hire an attorney who will put in the time it takes to serve you well.

Choosing a General Practice Attorney

Criminal defense is not something an attorney should dabble in. And you need more than a dabbler defending you. Experience is everything and where it leaves off, reputation kicks in.