There are many factors to take into consideration when looking for a criminal defense attorney.

Facing criminal charges is very stressful, and with so much hanging in the balance, the last thing you want is an ill-equipped lawyer.

At Marler Law Partners, our experienced legal team takes pride in providing top-notch representation for our criminal defense clients in Farmington and St. Louis.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you ever find yourself facing criminal charges.

Find A Criminal Defense Attorneys With Experience

You want to make sure your criminal defense attorney has plenty of experience. Oftentimes, it’s helpful to find a defense attorney that has also had experience on the other side – prosecuting criminals.

They will know how to negotiate with prosecutors, understand the tactics the prosecutors will likely use and may even have a professional relationship with many judges and prosecutors.

Understanding both sides of criminal law will help your defense attorney build a stronger case.

Read Criminal Defense Attorney Reviews

Most reputable lawyers will have online profiles with reviews readily available.

First, look on the firm’s website to see if they have reviews specific to your particular case. Then check other directories like Google My Business, Yelp, AVVO or Justia.

Criminal Defense Success Rate

Although an attorney’s success rate isn’t readily available online like athletes, you can inquire about the attorney’s experience in your initial consult.

Ask what their experience has been trying cases like yours. How many times were they able to get their client off on all charges? How many times did they settle?

You shouldn’t always select the first attorney you contact, and with many attorneys offering free consultations, you can “shop around” until you find a lawyer that has the right expertise and personality fit.