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What Do I look For in a Criminal Attorney?

When you’re charged with a crime in Alabama, your very freedom is at stake. This is one time when you can’t afford to accept representation from an inexperienced criminal attorney. You also don’t want to get lost in the crowd of a large legal firm representing both criminal and civil manners. That’s why working with a one-attorney firm like Darley Law is in your best interest. Jason Darley, Esq. works only with criminal matters and won’t pass you off to other staff. When you retain Mr. Darley’s council, he’s with you from start to finish.

Look for a Criminal Attorney Who Has Experience with the Crime Charged

Modern criminal law can be so complex that it’s worth your time to find a criminal attorney who has several years of experience defending clients against the same charge that you’re facing. You don’t want a lawyer whose experience is so broad that he or she has only argued your type of case a handful of times. Jason Darley, Esq. has defended clients against the following types of criminal charges since his admission to the bar in 2005:

  • Domestic violence charges
  • DUI
  • Drug crimes
  • Traffic violations
  • Violent crimes including murder, manslaughter, rape, mayhem, assault, kidnapping, burglary, and robbery

When selecting a defense attorney, you should come prepared to interview him or her about legal experience and education. A good question to ask to determine the attorney’s level of experience with your crime charge is “What percentage of your cases involve defending against my charge?” If he or she can’t give you a firm answer, it’s best to look elsewhere for a defense attorney with more experience.

Another good question to ask a criminal attorney who you want to represent you is “What defense strategy do you think would work best in a case like mine?” While you want someone with experience defending your charge, he or she should also demonstrate the ability to consider the unique aspects of your individual case. What worked for one client charged with a similar crime may not work for you.

Compatible Personalities

Obviously, you and your criminal defense attorney won’t have identical personalities. However, it’s important that you feel comfortable with the person you choose to represent you. You should never feel intimidated to ask a question or even challenge an action that your attorney wants to take in your case. The benefit of working with a one-attorney office like Darley Law is that you get Mr. Darley’s full attention. He may have other cases going on at the same time, but he is the one who will respond to all your inquiries.

You should also get the idea that your criminal attorney believes in you. It’s not his or her job to judge mistakes you have made in the past. If you feel this type of tension between you, it will be difficult for the lawyer to represent you fairly in court. Some other important qualities to consider include:

  • Can you speak openly and honestly with this attorney?
  • Does he or she seem concerned about you as a person with a future worth defending?
  • Does your attorney explain things in a manner that’s easy for you to understand?
  • Does he or she seem like someone that prosecutors, judges, and juries would trust?

If you don’t feel confident that you can work well with a criminal defense attorney, it’s best to keep interviewing until you find one that makes you feel more comfortable.

Jason Darley, Esq. is the Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney You Need

Mr. Darley serves clients charged with the crimes outlined above in Mobile, Alabama and the surrounding communities. He earned his Juris Doctor at the Mississippi College of Law and has practiced criminal defense for the past 12 years. He belongs to several legal associations and has received a merit award from the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Feel free to contact Darley Law at 251-441-7772 to request a free initial case review with Mr. Darley. Whether you have been charged with a municipal violation such as a traffic offense or something as serious as first-degree murder, you can depend on Jason Darley, Esq. to passionately defend your case and your freedom.

No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

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