How to find a good criminal defense lawyer

Authored by Wendy Witt, Esq.

You can always ask for referrals. But if asking friends and family makes you uncomfortable, you're welcome to use our directory for a list of top criminal defense lawyers.

Choose an attorney with whom you are comfortable.

  • Ask whether the attorney has experience in cases like yours.
  • Explain your case and ask how the attorney is able to help you.
  • Ask whether the attorney has time to work on your case.
  • Ask about fees.
  • Ask about communications policies (e.g. how fast will your phone call get returned?)
  • Ask yourself:
    • Do I like this lawyer?
    • Will I trust his or her advice?
    • Does the fee structure feel fair?a

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