If you’ve been arrested for a crime, your next plan of action should be hiring a criminal defense attorney. When your rights and liberties are hanging in the balance, you cannot afford to put your future in the hands of a mediocre defense firm. You want to make sure that the attorney you hire will prioritize your best interests. Before you hire your lawyer, however, it’s likely that you will have a consultation scheduled before moving forward with your case. Before this initial meeting, it’s important that you adequately prepare yourself in order to make the most of it. In this blog, our Denver criminal defense attorney shares a few tips on how to put your best foot forward during your consultation.
Although this may be a time in your life characterized by overwhelming stress and anxiety, you want to remain professional, polite, and courteous during your meeting. Approach this consultation the same way you would an interview or business meeting - dress professionally and bring any documentation pertaining to your matter.
Give Your Lawyer a Chance to Speak
It can be tempting to walk into the meeting ready to do all the talking, but it’s the attorney will have more experience honing in on crucial background facts that may be a crucial element to your case. This allows you to mentally prepare a list of questions that you can ask, which can then encourage an open discussion to take place between the two of you.
Honesty is the Best Policy
Some individuals refrain from disclosing important information during the consultation to keep things confidential in the event that they end up not hiring this lawyer. During this initial meeting, whether you hire this attorney or not, everything that is said and discussed is protected by attorney-client privilege. Should you say something that is not in your favor, you can trust that your attorney will tell you not to share that information when speaking to investigating officers.
At the Law Office of Joseph A. Lazzara, P.C., we understand how difficult and frightening this time in your life is. Our Denver criminal defense attorney is prepared to listen to your story and build the best possible defense to safeguard your future.
Call us today to schedule a free consultation at (720) 809-8262.