You have been charged with a crime and placed under arrest. One of the first things you do after you are released is start looking for a criminal defense attorney. You know that this may be your only chance for a positive outcome. But just what should you expect from an attorney?

1. Your Involvement

Some attorneys appreciate a client who is actively involved in their own case. Other attorneys prefer that their clients sit back and try to relax, taking a back seat so-to-speak. How you feel about this should weigh heavily on the choice of attorney you make. If you want to be actively involved, find an attorney who welcomes this. If you would prefer that your attorney do all the work, make that be known.

2. Investigating

An attorney who takes the time to investigate all avenues will be more expensive than one who relies only on your side of the story and a police report. Ask the attorney you are considering whether or not they will be consulting expert witnesses, having you undergo any evaluations or investigating deeper into your case.

3. Communication

There should be an open line of communication between you and your attorney. While you cannot reasonably expect your attorney to drop everything to return your tenth phone call, you should expect a response in a reasonable amount of time. You should also find an attorney who isn’t afraid to give you bad news. An attorney who only tells you what you want to hear may be keeping something from you.

4. Honesty

Along those lines, an honest attorney is important. Telling the truth is not always pleasant, but you should expect the truth from the person you are paying to represent you.

5. Counsel

You are paying your attorney to represent you in court, but you are also paying for their advice. Expect your attorney to provide counsel along the way and help you make decisions that will effect not only the outcome of your case but your future.

6. Options

A criminal defense attorney should be able to provide you with options and strategies. They should work with you to make choices that will positively effect your case’s outcome. Decisions should ultimately be yours to make.

If you have been charged with a drug crime in Orlando, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney you can trust. Call our office today and schedule an appointment for your free case evaluation.

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