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23 October 2008 by Mary Heaney

Criminal defence lawyer

What to do when using a criminal defence lawyer


What to look for in a criminal defence lawyer


A criminal defence lawyer with a broad experience is useful but it is more important to use a criminal defence lawyer who specialises in the field. It also helps if your criminal defence lawyer is approachable. You need to feel comfortable asking your criminal defence lawyer questions and they should be able to give straightforward answers.


Your criminal defence lawyer should also be accredited by the Criminal Law Solicitor’s Association or the Law Society’s Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme.


How you can help your criminal defence lawyer


It is important to consult your criminal defence lawyer as soon as possible. This will help your criminal defence lawyer build your case while it is still fresh in your mind. It is also vital that you keep good records for your criminal defence lawyer to use.


What you should ask your criminal defence lawyer


Ask your criminal defence lawyer for the strengths and weaknesses of your case so you know what to expect. Once you have explained everything your criminal defence lawyer should be able to give an estimate of duration and cost. Your criminal defence lawyer cannot predict everything though so it is important to be aware that things may change.


How you can pay your criminal defence lawyer


Ask your criminal defence lawyer if Legal Aid is available in your case. For offences such as fraud and speeding it is unlikely that it will be in which case you would have to pay for your criminal defence lawyer yourself.


Finally, using an criminal defence lawyer is supposed to make your life easier. If your criminal defence lawyer is not meeting your requirements do not be afraid to go elsewhere.


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