If you are in need of criminal defense representation, the attorney that
helped you buy your house or handled your aunt's case won't
be able to help you out. You want an attorney who handles in criminal
law to defend your case. An experienced criminal defense lawyer is the
difference between a jail sentence and an acquittal. You may think the
initial investment might be a bit steep, however this could be an investment
in your freedom. After all, isn’t your freedom priceless?
Finding the right lawyer can be a confusing process, that’s why we
distilled the process down to a few must-ask questions and points.
So what do you need to look for in a criminal defense lawyer?
Criminal Law Experience
A lawyer should be able to show you that he has successfully defended cases
similar to yours in the past. If, for example, you are charged with a
white-collar crime, you donât want to get a lawyer who handles
mostly drug offenses.
You should always ask a potential lawyer if they have represented people
with similar cases, how many of those cases the law firm handles per year,
and what are their outcomes.
In some cases you may want to speak with their colleagues as well. A criminal
defense lawyer that is respected by their colleagues is usually very talented,
and has developed good relationships with judges, which may help your
case later on.
Carroll Troberman, PLLC lawyers have years of experience defending criminal cases.
Local Court Experience
Hiring a lawyer with experience in the jurisdiction where your case will
be tried can improve your chances of getting a better verdict in court.
Sometimes, there are local laws that may be overlooked if the attorney
you hire doesn’t have experience in your local jurisdiction. A local
attorney will also have a better understanding at how police officers
are most likely to plead in court, and have a better ability to guess
which way certain
attorneys are going to plead the moment before trial versus those who will negotiate.
During a criminal case, you’ll want every advantage you can get.
You don't want to sacrifice criminal-law knowledge and experience
for local court experience, but if you can find a lawyer that checks all
of these boxes you stand a better chance of a favorable outcome in court.
Carroll Troberman attorneys, Blair Carroll and Meredith Shelly Troberman,
have great professional relationships with judges and prosecutors in Central
You want to feel comfortable when talking to your lawyer. Your lawyer needs
to represent you in your case, so you want there to be a personal connection
in your professional relationship. Look for a lawyer who involves you
in all the decisions that need to be made and who sees you as more than
just another case.
At times, some lawyers will take on a bunch of cases at once simply for
the sake of profit. You’ll want to avoid working with a lawyer that
does this, as they won’t be able to dedicate the necessary time
to your case.
At Carroll Troberman we believe that a good client relationship is imperative
to the services that we offer.
Frequently Asked Criminal Defense Lawyer Questions
Although the above points will give you a great background to utilize when
choosing a criminal defense lawyer, you may still have a few questions,
which we’ve done our best to answer below.
What is the difference between a criminal defense attorney and public defender?
If you’ve been charged with a crime, you may be wondering if you
should use a public defender or a defense attorney. Usually, public defenders
are reserved for people who can’t afford to hire a defense attorney.
If you do have the means to hire a criminal defense attorney, it would
be a good investment, as most public defenders have a very large caseload,
which means they won’t be able to give your case the time is deserves.
How do I know if I need a state or federal attorney?
The type of criminal defense attorney you’ll want to hire depends
upon the level of law that you were charged with breaking. If the law
you broke is at the state level, then you’ll want a lawyer that
handles in dealing with criminal charges at the state level. While, if
you’ve been charged with breaking a federal law then you’ll
want to work with an attorney that handless in federal cases.
Federal cases are usually much larger and require more time, so you’ll
want to ensure that your attorney has the bandwidth to take on your case.
How do criminal defense attorneys usually charge for their services?
Hiring a criminal defense lawyer doesn’t have to be confusing. Most
lawyers' rates increase based upon the complexity of the case at
hand. If your case requires more work, prompting the attorney to bring
in expert witnesses, then your payment will be higher.
There are a few different pay structures that you might one across and
should be aware of:
- The first are hourly rates, where your attorney will charge based upon
the total amount of hours worked on your case.
- Flat fees are also a common means of payment. Usually a portion of this
flat fee will include a refundable minimum retainer.
The price of representation also increases with the magnitude of your case.
For instance, a felony case usually starts around $5,000 and will increase
from there. While, a misdemeanor case will usually cost up to a couple
Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer can be a big decision. After
all, they have the ability to potentially reduce your charges and decrease
your jail time.
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, you should get in touch
with an experienced criminal law attorney immediately. At Carroll Troberman,
PLLC, we have the criminal defense experience to handle your case. Our
Austin criminal defense attorneys fight aggressively for your rights.
Call us today to set up a free, confidential consultation.