Facing a Criminal Charge in Arizona?
How do You Choose the Right Criminal Defense Lawyer?
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense in the State of Arizona, you face serious consequences. Specifically, you can be required to pay significant fines, perform community service, be placed on probation, serve time in jail or alternatively, be sentenced to prison. Undoubtedly, if you are accused of a criminal offense in Arizona, you should immediately consult with an attorney who focuses his practice on criminal defense. Moreover, there are a number of items you should keep in mind when choosing to hire an attorney to represent you.
Experience: Perhaps the most important factor in choosing a lawyer to represent you in a criminal case is the attorney's background and experience. You should not seek to hire the lawyer who quotes you the cheapest price or has just recently graduated from law school and has opened his own firm. Rather, you are well advised to retain an attorney who has previously worked as a prosecutor or public defender, has conducted trials and has several years of experience in private practice. Additionally, although you must consider your own financial situation, you should expect to pay a fee which is commensurate with the attorney's experience and will permit your lawyer to devote necessary time to your case.
- Familiarity with Court Where Your Case will be Heard: Another important factor in choosing the right criminal defense lawyer is whether the attorney regularly practices in the Court where your case will be heard. The justice, city and superior courts throughout Arizona all vary in terms of scheduling, penalties they are likely to impose, etc. Moreover, each prosecutor's office may have different policies in how certain criminal charges are addressed. An attorney who is familiar with the judges and prosecutors in the court in which you are scheduled to appear will be best suited to guide you through the process and obtain the most favorable result.
- Communication: Often, many clients complain that they are unable to speak directly with their lawyer and have questions which remain unanswered. Certainly, the prospect of a criminal conviction and potential probation, jail or prison is probably the most stressful event in a person's life. Consequently, it is vital that communication remain open and continuous. When consulting with a lawyer regarding representation, you should always ask whether he will be available for questions or updates by e-mail, text or phone calls.
- Expect Specific and Direct Responses: The answers you receive during an initial consultation should be straightforward, clear and concise. A potential attorney who only answers your questions in general terms may not be as knowledgeable as he or she claims. Moreover, if an attorney is not able to communicate effectively with his own client, a jury will certainly tune him out during trial.
You should hire an attorney as soon as possible after being arrested or charged with a crime. An experienced and qualified criminal defense attorney will immediately begin to review evidence, interview witnesses, research important issues and develop a strategy best suited to get you the most favorable outcome possible.
Raymond A Kimble is an Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney who has been representing people charged with marijuana offenses, domestic violence, drug offenses, sex crimes, property crimes, violent offenses such as assault and homicide and weapons crimes for nearly twenty years. Mr. Kimble is a former felony prosecutor and was also a police officer and detective for approximately ten years.
Raymond Kimble regularly practices in the superior courts, justice courts and city courts throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties. If you have been arrested or are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, call Raymond Kimble today at (480) 833-8613 for a free consultation.