But how do you select a criminal defense lawyer? For that, you have to find someone who specializes in this field. Often you will find that some criminal defense attorneys also focus on one facet of criminal law like DUII. Do your research when selecting your attorney.
When you see them for the first time, try to determine if the attorney is a good fit for you. Go with your gut. You should also find out how much they charge for their legal fees and if they will be the one who will personally handle your case. Virtually all criminal law attorneys will require a retainer anywhere from $1,500.00 to $10,000.00 dollars depending on the severity of the charges and the work the attorney estimates is going to be required to get the case going and potentially resolved. Most retainers are not flat fees and the total fees could be more and sometimes less.
If you find the rate reasonable and feel comfortable talking to this person, then by all means hire this individual to be your criminal defense attorney don't shop around. Now discuss your case and then follow whatever instructions are given. This person should be able to explain to you how things will go and what they will do.
Will this guarantee that you will win your day in court? Of course not. Nobody can guarantee that.
The majority of criminal cases do not result in a jury trial but are resolved through a plea bargain. Depending on the case, a trial can be extremely risky. However, some cases must go to trial because the client is innocent and the consequences are significant or the plea offer is not substantially better than what a guilty verdict at trial would bring.
The Hansen Law Firm is a team of attorneys with extensive experience in criminal defense. We serve clients throughout northwest Oregon from our offices in Newberg, McMinnville and Portland.
We defend those who are charged with crimes and are completely committed to a successful outcome.