Do I Need to Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

This is one of the questions we get asked frequently from people that contact our firm. There is no one-size-fits-all answer as the determination must be made on a case-by-case basis. However, odds are that if you're asking this question, then the answer is a resounding YES.

Yes, you need a lawyer when you are...

  • Arrested
  • Being investigated by the police
  • Formally charged with a crime
  • In jail

Should I get a private criminal defense attorney?

Pros:

  • Choice of attorney
  • Personal attention to your case
  • Call/text/email or meet in our office anytime
  • Smaller caseload
  • Personally vested in the outcome of your case

Cons:

  • Must pay for representation, BUT we offer free consultations and accept payment installments

Should I get a public defender?

Pros:

  • Free, but only if you qualify financially

Cons:

  • Must qualify financially
  • No choice of attorney
  • Difficult to reach by phone/email or meet in person
  • Huge caseload
  • Very little personal attention

Should I represent myself?

No. Don't do it. Ever.

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