How to find a good criminal defense lawyer

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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