What to ask when choosing a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you are arrested, whether it be in Duval County, Clay County, or Nassau County, it is a traumatic experience. Your liberty and rights are at stake, so the next step you take is extremely important.

If you are arrested, it is important to contact a Jacksonville Criminal Lawyer to discuss your case. There are important questions you should ask your criminal attorney.

1. Ask the criminal attorney what percentage of your practice is devoted to criminal law defense?

2. Ask have you handled cases like this before?

3. If the lawyer is board certified in criminal trial law in Florida, ask him or her what kind of trials did they conduct to earn that certification. To get the certification, the criminal lawyer has to pay a fee and conduct a certain number of trials. Many, now criminal defense attorneys, were former prosecutors. Several of the board certified criminal lawyers earned their certifications prosecuting people, not defending them.

4. Many potential clients want to know a criminal lawyer’s “success rate”. That depends on what “success” is defined as. Less than 2% of criminal cases end in a trial. When someone is arrested for a criminal charge in Jacksonville, the state attorney’s office has the discretion to file the charge, drop the charge, or reduce the charge to a lesser crime. If the criminal lawyer is able to get the case dropped, that is a success.

If a case is filed and it appears very good for the prosecutor (for example, if the crime is captured on video), it is the role of the Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer to minimize the impact on the client. If the criminal attorney is able to minimize the punishment dramatically, that is a success.

If a case does go to trial, you need the best possible Jacksonville Criminal Trial Lawyer on your side. Meet with a few lawyers to see who you are most comfortable with. If a lawyer makes you promises on a particular outcome of your case, they are lying to you. As Florida Criminal Lawyers, we are not allowed to make guarantees on outcomes of cases. The reason we can’t is because there is no way for us to predict the future.