When you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime, you are facing one of the biggest challenges of your life. You must do everything you can to preserve your rights and your freedom, or suffer consequences that could affect you for many years to come. This holds true even for relatively minor crimes, such as assault or shoplifting.
You can easily make things worse if you make poor choices along the way. You need the best possible criminal defense attorney to partner with you and give you the best chance at coming through your ordeal with the least amount of pain possible.
The good news is that Houston and Pasadena have qualified and effective criminal defense attorneys who can work with you. But that also poses a challenge. How do you find the best one for your particular situation?
Here are some things to consider
Every case is unique and your job is to match yourself up with the best criminal defense attorney based on what your needs are. Consider the following as you start your search:
Experience. Lots of attorneys have experience, but you want an attorney with experience that most closely matches the particulars of your case. Many attorneys specialize in certain kinds of cases, from car, truck or boating personal injury cases, to criminal defense cases involving robbery, fraud, or manslaughter. Your first goal is to find an attorney that has experience that most closely matches your situation.
Familiarity with local courts. An attorney who knows the idiosyncrasies of the court where your case will be heard can give you a distinct advantage. This is because they will know how certain judges are likely to react during a case, or how open prosecutors are to cutting a deal.
Responsiveness. Unless you’ve been through this before, you are going to be nervous and have a lot of questions. Your attorney can best ease your fears (and keep you from making mistakes) if they are readily available and responsive when it comes to communicating with you.
The Law Office of Maverick Ray serves clients in Houston, Pasadena and other nearby Texas communities.