If you have been arrested, you may have very little time to find and research attorneys. Even if you enlist the aid of a family member or friend to find a Waltham criminal defense attorney for you, they must act quickly to ensure your rights are protected as soon as possible. However, there are ways to quickly perform the critical research needed to ensure the attorney you hire has the qualities to provide effective legal support.
The key factors in selecting an attorney
The Internet makes it possible to quickly locate local attorneys and assess their qualities. Begin by searching a reputable legal directory such as Lawyers.com to identify likely law firms in your area. You can then take a look at the website for each firm of interest to obtain a wealth of information. Look for the following qualities in the attorney you select:
- Experience defending similar criminal cases. Criminal law is extremely complex-each type of crime carries its own set of regulations and punishments. Your Waltham criminal law attorney must know every detail of the law to develop an effective defense, have a track record of success negotiating plea agreements out of court, and have a full range of courtroom skills, from jury selection through closing arguments and appeals. Criminal defense attorney John E. DeVito, Esq. has over three decades of experience defending clients against a wide variety of criminal charges in Waltham, Newton, and the surrounding Massachusetts area.
- Client satisfaction. If time permits, obtaining references of past clients can provide excellent background information on what you can expect from Waltham criminal defense lawyers. Attorney John E. DeVito, Esq. provides client testimonials on his website so you can obtain this information very quickly. He has achieved a highest AV® PreeminentTM Martindale-Hubbell® Peer and Client Review RatingSM-a distinction (voted anonymously by other lawyers and clients) signifying the highest quality legal work, professionalism, and ethical standards.
- Direct connection with your case. You may be completely satisfied with the qualifications and experience of an attorney. But if most of the work for your case is performed by other attorneys or paralegals, you may not obtain the full legal support you expect. Ask the attorney about the full process involved in defending you to ensure he or she is closely involved throughout the process.
- Affordability. As you might expect, attorney fees vary based on many factors, including the experience and reputation of the attorney. You need to have a frank discussion to ensure you can afford the services of any attorney, but keep in mind many offer reasonable payment plans to help you afford skilled legal representation. Keep in mind that if you cannot afford an attorney, you have the right to request that a public defender be appointed to represent you free of charge.
Contact John E. DeVito, Esq. today
If you have been charged with a crime, you need qualified criminal defense attorneys in Waltham working on your behalf. Mr. DeVito represents clients in Boston, Dedham, Wrentham, Stoughton, Quincy, Waltham, Woburn, Newton, Framingham, Natick and other cities in Middlesex & Norfolk County, MA. For immediate assistance, contact John E. DeVito, Esq. at 866-935-3693 today.