Common Questions when hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer
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Why should I hire a criminal defense lawyer?
When you have been charged with a crime there is a lot at stake. Your freedom, your job, your criminal record, and your future are all on the line. To a person accused of a crime in Kansas there are stiff penalties for a conviction and you are correct to be worried about your case. A criminal conviction can lend you in jail for a lengthy time, it can cause you to lose your current job or make it difficult to get another job in the future. A criminal record can bar you from certain professions and affect your ability to become licensed with the state for some professions. Some convictions will strip you of your right to carry a firearm and could take away your right to vote. Having a criminal record can have many negative ramifications in your life. To put is short, the stakes really can not get any higher.
Now that you understand the seriousness of your situation, you need to understand why you need help. Just like you would never think of performing surgery on yourself because you don't have specialized medical training. You should never try to handle your criminal case because you don't have specialized legal training.
An experienced criminal defense lawyer can guide you through the criminal procedure process and advise you as to your rights and options. When the time comes a criminal defense lawyer can stand up and advocate for you, assert your rights and protect your freedom and good name. Criminal defense work is not only possessing the knowledge necessary to defend an accused person but much more. A criminal defense lawyer needs to know the local rules and procedures in a specific jurisdiction. A criminal defense lawyer needs to establish a reputation as a fierce advocate and knowledgeable professional. A criminal defense lawyer needs to cultivate relationships with opposing attorneys and establish trust with the court and prosecutors. All these things need to be present and much more.
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What does it cost to hire a criminal defense lawyer?
In Kansas, the law requires that a criminal defense lawyer's fees be reasonable. Depending on many factors we do our best to determine a fair attorney's fee.
Here are the things we consider when determining our Attorney's fee:
(1) the time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved, and the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly;
(2) the likelihood, if apparent to the client, that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment by the lawyer;
(3) the fee customarily charged in the locality for similar legal services;
(4) the time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances;
(5) the nature and length of the professional relationship with the client;
(6) the experience, reputation, and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the services;
What should I consider when hiring a lawyer?
There are many things to consider when hiring a criminal defense lawyer. The first and foremost is to find an attorney that you are comfortable with. When hiring a lawyer it is just like hiring an employee. You don't just hire the first person that applies or submits an application. You need to talk with several and pick the attorney that you fit best with. Secondly, which goes hand in hand with being comfortable with your lawyer, is that you need to hire an attorney that you trust is telling you accurate legal advice. Criminal defense work is not something you want your attorney to just dabble in. You don't want to hire a divorce lawyer, or a real estate lawyer, that thinks he can help you. You want to hire an attorney that only does criminal defense work. Third, you need an attorney that is going to "give it to you straight," you want an attorney that is going to be able to tell you the bad news with the good news. The worst kind of attorney is one that can not be straight with their client. Lastly, you need an attorney that is interested in your case and is willing to do whatever is necessary to get you the best possible outcome, whether that is advocating for a plea bargain or taking your case to trial.