If you have been accused of trafficking drugs, there are many things you will have to worry about as you navigate the justice system. One of the biggest things you will have to contend with is who will stand by your side as you face your trial. In order to make your journey through the system easier, you will want to find a drug defense lawyer that can help you to at least understand what you are facing. In order to find the right criminal justice lawyer, you will have to do some research.
How can you do that?
Start with Interviews
Drug trafficking is an extremely serious charge. You need to be able to have a lawyer who knows what he is talking about and has plenty of experience with drug trafficking cases. When you are interviewing a potential lawyer, there are plenty of questions you can ask him or her. They include:
- What experience do you have with drug trafficking cases?
- How long have you been a lawyer?
- What have been some of the outcomes for your drug trafficking cases?
- How many cases do you typically have in your caseload?
o How many of those are drug trafficking cases?
- Do you have any cases of drug trafficking now?
- What are your fees and how are they structures?
- Can you provide references from drug trafficking cases?
- Are there any additional costs?
- Who will contact me throughout my case?
- How will you update me on any developments?
You have to keep in mind that a lawyer should be able to answer all of these questions and more when it comes to representing you. Drug trafficking is a crime and charge that is more common than ever right now, but that doesn’t mean that all lawyers will have experience with it.
While you are talking to the lawyer, make sure that you ask to take a tour of the lawyer’s office. For a drug trafficking charge, you will likely spend a lot of time there. You will be able to tell if you feel comfortable here, and you will be able to tell a little bit more about your possible lawyer as well.
Look around – is there a secretary that is nice and accommodating, or is she avoiding phone calls? Does there seem to be a method to their madness, or is everything out of control with papers flying everywhere? Is the lawyer’s office in a place where you can easily access it? If you need to take public transportation, is it reliable?
These are all things you need to investigate while you are there so that you can see them for yourself.
Now comes the hard part – you have to ask yourself some tough questions:
- Does this lawyer make me feel comfortable when I talk to him/her?
- How much am I able to pay to have someone defend me?
- How quickly did he answer my questions?
- Was she knowledgeable about drug trafficking cases?
- Was anything said interesting – i.e. courses or schools that you can attend
- Could I see myself working with this person for an extended length of time?
Ask Other Attorneys
Do you have a lawyer or attorney that you usually work with that might not specialize in drug trafficking? Chances are, he or she knows a lawyer that can help you to navigate the justice system for drug trafficking. Talk to him or her about what you are looking for in a lawyer – you’ll get responses that will be more informative than any of the reviews that you find online or even on a lawyer’s website. The answer will be real and from someone who knows what he is talking about.
Do Your Research
There are some things that don’t lie, and those are cold, hard facts. Before hiring any lawyer, you want to look up some of his or her history. Do you research by looking online and reading about some past cases, definitely check the references to see if they check out, and yes, read those online reviews. While they aren’t always reliable, they are certainly a good way to find out whether people generally liked or disliked working with him. You can also check to see if your lawyer has any court experience.
There are many resources out there to better check your lawyer’s credentials and success rates. Do not settle with just checking a few of them. While you have to be quick, you also want to be thorough.