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Charge: Assault - State claimed client hit victim with a telephone and broke victim’s nose. However, the client was acting in self-defense.

Verdict: NOT GUILTY

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Choosing the Right Criminal Lawyer

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you are likely facing a complex legal battle to protect your finances, reputation, and freedom. During this difficult time, you need the help of a legal professional who is prepared to fight for you. One of the most important decisions you will make about your case is selecting the attorney who will represent you.

Before you begin contacting attorneys, we recommend making a list of the qualities you are looking for in your defense lawyer. This will help you narrow down your options until you can make a confident selection.

Qualities to Look For in a Criminal Lawyer

There are several qualities you will likely want in the lawyer who defends your rights. These may include:

  • Extensive legal experience – Our country’s legal system is complex; each case involves a large number of factors that can affect the ultimate outcome. The more experienced your attorney is, the more he or she will likely know about these factors and how to handle them.
  • A proven track record – If your lawyer has been successful in handling criminal cases in the past, he or she may be more likely to successfully handle yours. When researching attorneys, be sure to check into each one’s legal success rate.
  • Solid credentials – An attorney’s credentials can give you a good idea of his or her education and abilities. Credentials to look for include membership in professional organizations, specialized training, a high level of education, and special awards or acknowledgements.
  • Prior experience handling cases like yours – Each legal offense has its own defenses, mitigating factors, and aggravating factors. A lawyer who has handled cases similar to yours in the past is more likely to be informed about each factor that may affect your case.
  • Good referrals – Speaking with an attorney’s colleagues and prior clients can help you form an understanding of the legal tactics he or she uses. When you are interviewing a lawyer who may represent you, be sure to ask for referrals – and follow up on them.

By doing your research and being assertive about your legal needs, you can find a legal representative who is fully qualified to help you. This can greatly increase your chances of achieving a favorable outcome to your case.

Contact Us

The experienced Houston criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., are committed to providing dedicated legal defense. To discuss how we may be able to help you, contact us today by calling 713-523-0404.