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The Importance of a Solid Defense: How Skilled Attorneys Can Impact Case Outcomes

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If you want the best criminal defense attorney for you, try to avoid these 5 mistakes:

1. Choosing an Attorney Based Solely on Price

Look at more than hourly rate.  Some attorneys may charge more per hour, but may be more efficient - based on experience. Cheap attorneys may be just that On the other hand, the most expensive attorney may not be the best fit. Look for an attorney who can explain how much will be charged and what you get for your money. 

2. Failing to Research an Attorney's Credentials

Before hiring an attorney, research credentials. Check websites, read reviews, and look for disciplinary actions against them. You want an attorney who is licensed, experienced and has a good reputation in the legal community.

3. Not Asking About Communication

Communication is key in any attorney-client relationship. Ask about their communication style and how often you can expect to hear from them. You want an attorney who knows your expectation about keeping you informed and answering your questions.

4. Choosing an Attorney who Doesn't Specialize in Criminal Defense

Look for an attorney with a proven track record of success in criminal defense cases.

5. Waiting to Hire an Attorney / Staying with the wrong attorney

Like most of life, cases have deadlines. Act as soon as you are able to hire the right attorney for your criminal case. If you are uncomfortable with your current attorney, first have a meeting with that attorney and discuss your concerns.  If you are still uncomfortable, take steps to find the right attorney.

Branstad & Olson, Criminal Defense lawyers in Des Moines, IA, will fight for your rights and work to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Contact us at (515) 329-3100 to schedule a consultation or reach us online.

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