Criminal charges are a serious matter. Even a misdemeanor conviction can have a serious impact on what jobs you can pursue, where you can live, how you are viewed in court if you are charged later on, and other restrictions. Felony convictions can have even more serious impacts on your life and the loss of basic American rights.
If you want to give yourself the best chance at receiving a positive outcome in your case, you need a skilled Colorado criminal lawyer. There are many defense attorneys available in the area, but which is the best for you? How can you know?
Use these tips to find a lawyer that will truly fight for your case and do what they can to get your charges reduced, or dismissed or to fight to win at trial.
What to Look for in a Denver Defense Attorney
There are a number of specific things that you should look for when seeking out a lawyer to help you with your charge.
Experience with your charges
Criminal law covers a lot of different charges: domestic violence, juvenile matters, child abuse, drunk driver charges, drug charges, property crimes, and so on. Some lawyers are more skilled and/or have more experience at covering one type of case over another.
Find a lawyer that has represented defendants with charges similar to yours and see what kind of results they got in those cases. Every case is different, but if you see a lawyer with more experience winning cases like yours, they are worth a phone call.
Does the lawyer offer an opportunity to talk about your case for free before signing a contract? Look on their website for ways to contact them to set up a free consultation. Even if you just have a chat over the phone, you can get a better feel for how you will work with the lawyer and what they expect from your case.
Testimonials or referrals
An attorney can tell you as much as they want about their business practices and expertise, but you can learn a lot more from testimonials that come from actual clients. Read testimonials from past clients about their charges, the process of working with the lawyer, and the outcome of the case. Even if a client was convicted, but still appreciated the work of their defense lawyer, you may feel more comfortable working with them.
Questions to Ask a Colorado Criminal Lawyer
Once you’ve narrowed down your options, it’s time to reach out to a few different lawyers. Talk to an attorney one on one about how they practice law and what you can expect if you hire them. Key questions include:
- What are the first steps you would do to approach my case?
- What experience do you have related to [charges you are facing]?
- What percentage of your cases have been [charges you are facing]?
- What is your billing process like?
The conversation should feel comfortable and confident. Even if you ask a question that they cannot answer at the time, they should have a plan for getting back to you or resources to look up. If you get an uncomfortable feeling talking to the lawyer one on one, trust your instincts.
Call a Colorado Lawyer You Can Trust
It’s time to take the next steps toward fighting for dropped charges and walking away without a conviction. Reach out to a Colorado criminal lawyer for a free consultation about your case.
About the Author:
Since 2005, Jeffrey L. Weeden has been practicing criminal defense law in Colorado and has helped countless clients protect their rights and freedoms as a respected, caring, hard-nosed criminal defense attorney. Over the course of his career, Mr. Weeden’s work has been recognized in numerous ways, including being named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers list by The National Trial Lawyers, earning a 10.0 “Suberb” Avvo rating, receiving Martindale-Hubbard’s highest peer review rating — AV Preeminent, and being asked to speak on several issues of interest to the legal community. Additionally, he is someone who cares deeply about his community and those in need, and is an active member of a number of professional legal organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center and Law Firm Pro Bono Coordinators.