I am a prosecuting counsel in criminal cases. This is not making me a different guy. Yet it does give me a fly-on-the-wall perspective of criminal justice enforcement that other people in the field don’t get to see. And as you would imagine, there are some nice apples and some poor apples inside my career, some people who know what they’re doing and those who don’t, and some excellent lawyers and some terrible ones. But it is hard to say if you are not a member of the trade. If you’re looking for more tips, Stroleny Law, P.A. has it for you. It’s sort of like recruiting a plumber or an car mechanic; everyone might look like a plumber and act like a plumber, but we all realize that there are some plumbers you’d allow to work at home all day and others you wouldn’t let go of without looking over them by your kitchen.
Although I’m not trying to stop any efforts to locate the perfect criminal defense attorney, I’m going to speak about one benefit for attorneys in general that I believe shines a lot of light about their professional abilities and they’re sure to do something for you after you’ve recruited them. And Connectivity is one aspect. Find an attorney who’s built up a successful relationship and I’ll give you an attorney worth recruiting.
What do I mean by touch, though? Okay, I think just a few items. I say, first, an attorney who can answer your phone calls and return your texts when you leave. You wouldn’t believe so many attorneys, no matter what the issue is, would simply not answer the call until they collect the money to speak with you. It is clearly the indicator of a poor criminal defense attorney, so you can search on something before recruiting them. And the best way to test this is by telling them. And by questioning I don’t mean simply suggesting “can you answer phone calls?” then they’re supposed to say “yeah.” Ask them what type of mechanism they have in place to make sure the message makes its way to the criminal defense attorney and what measures are immediately followed to insure you’re called back. When they may not have a ready solution to this query, it might be time to start looking for another.
Second, ask the potential prosecution counsel if they have any protocols in effect to inform you about the forthcoming trial dates and deadlines for meeting any conditions that the courts or you may have in order to make yourself appear more respectable. If they aren’t you would want to search for anyone else out there. I’m not suggesting we ought to be babysitters for our clients as prosecuting lawyers, but we appear to remain even more on top of our schedule than the normal individual. So it costs five minutes to contact a lawyer and inform them about a court date. And the consequences of what is lacking can be massive.