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Three Things to Look for in a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Three Things to Look for in a Criminal Defense Lawyer

When people are charged with crimes in Florida and other places, they oftentimes do not know where to turn. In many cases, the person charged is not sure what they did, what they are charged with, what the law says, or what the possible sentences and penalties upon conviction are. In those instances, it is absolutely essential that you retain the services of an experienced St. Petersburg, Florida criminal defense lawyer.

An experienced St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney will be able to review your individual circumstances, weigh the legal costs and benefits, ensure that your rights are protected, formulate defenses, help you to obtain a dismissal or reduced charge (usually through a plea deal with the State), and/or lessen the severity of your punishment. This article will focus on some qualities that make good criminal defense lawyers.

An Ability to Formulate Defenses

A good criminal defense lawyer will be able to formulate a good legal defense (or defenses) that will increase your chances of a dismissal at trial or, alternatively, a good plea deal with the State. Some examples of good legal defenses include the following:

Attorney Availability 

One of the most common complaints people have regarding their attorneys is poor communication. A good lawyer will make himself or herself available to discuss your case with you and answer any questions you may have about your case and that crime(s) that you are charged with (as well as the possible penalties). A good criminal defense attorney will also be clear about how you will be charged for services rendered and whether or not he or she will accept a payment plan.

Good Track Record of Success

A good lawyer will also have experience handling cases similar to yours and will have been successful in obtaining defense verdicts, dismissals, dropped cases, or probation in lieu of other consequences. Such attorneys are knowledgeable about the Florida criminal system as a whole and are well versed in criminal investigative and interrogation tactics, witness/police interviews, the Florida Rules of Evidence, and local court rules.

Contact an Experienced St. Petersburg Criminal Defense Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case

An experienced St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyer will be able to meet with you and explain your charges, potential defenses, possible penalties, and the advantages or disadvantages of making a plea deal with the State. Any criminal charges are serious business, and the risks and penalties are too great to go it alone. You should feel free to contact the experienced St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyers at Khonsari Law Group today at 727-269-5300 for a free consultation or contact us online.

1 https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/miranda_warning

2 https://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0000-0099/0090/0090ContentsIndex.html&StatuteYear=2012&Title=-%3E2012-%3EChapter%2090

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