We all make mistakes, and whether or not we actually did the mistake or plead guilty to it, those mistakes shouldn’t be indicative of who we are as people. Getting the right criminal attorney is the most important choice you can make if you are in a situation involving charges, DUIs, drug offenses, juvenile cases, or need records expunged. We’re confident that we are the right attorneys for you, but we want to make sure that you are confident in us too. So, we’ve created a shortlist of rules for you to follow to ensure that you pick the best attorney for you.
Pick a Responsive Attorney
Too many times, attorneys are lackadaisical and drag their feet when considering how to approach your case. We believe that time is of the essence when you are facing charges or trying to pull your life together after you’ve made a plea. We believe that you should be able to get fast and accurate responses, and that is why this is the first rule you should keep in mind. Remember, we are here to serve you and help you out of this situation, so communication with your attorney is key to getting your case figured out and you moved on with your life.
Pick an Attorney with Experience in Criminal Law and the Local Courts
This is a big rule to follow when making your choice. The attorney that you pick must have some reputable experience within criminal law. Novice attorneys are great for other cases—but criminal law cases need to be handled by experts. The rest of your life rests in our hands, so picking the right attorney with the right experience is the most important thing for your case and your future.
By the same token, you also want to work with an attorney that understands your local courts. Every city has a special way that they approach cases and trials—picking a good attorney means that you pick someone with extensive knowledge about the courts in Illinois. It’d be a shame if the attorney you picked was one from out of state, without a comprehensive knowledge of how we do things here.
Your Attorney Should Know the Basics in Conversation
Look, it’s not important that you know every nuance about your case. It’s not your job. It is your attorney’s job. You should be able to take what you know about your case and about your situation and be able to ask your attorney questions—which then they can immediately answer. Good attorneys don’t know everything off the top of their head, but they are excellent at finding answers to hard questions. Basic laws and court procedures should be second nature to them. Their comfort with the criminal justice system will make the difference between the case result being on your side or the other guy’s side.
Pick an Attorney with Excitement and Conviction
Have you ever watched a movie where the attorney on the winning side is not excited about their case? Me neither. The losing side always has a monotone, lackluster attorney—sometimes dressed in grey to emphasize their dullness. Their fashion choices are not the best at showing their enthusiasm for a case, but movies are good semi-reflections of how the public sees and feels about a topic. If you pick an attorney with a dull, lack luster, view of your case, you might find yourself on the losing side just like the movies. You need to pick an attorney that is excited about your case. That enthusiasm can make the difference in a judge’s choice. At the same time, you also want to pick an attorney who is confident in themselves in the court, who is not afraid to push back when they believe their client is being harassed, and who believe in their cause. When you meet us, take note of our enthusiasm and our presentation before you—you’ll sense both our enthusiasm for your case, and our confidence.
At O’Dekirk, Allred & Associates, we are committed to law and justice, and we are committed to you too. We want to work with you to get your life back to full speed, and we believe that we are the best option for that. If you need help, visit our website or give us a call. And if you’d like to read more about what we do here, and how we can help you, visit our blog.