The best thing you can do to ensure that you have a good defense attorney is to ask for details about prior cases they have handled. Unfortunately, simply having a license to practice law is all that is required to represent someone in a criminal matter. As a result, anyone with a law license and a little bit of money can produce a TV commercial or place their face on a billboard and mislead people into believing that they are qualified to handle complex criminal matters. Any criminal defense attorney that is worth hiring will be able to provide you with a list of cases that they have handled successfully. Additionally, if you are currently represented by a Public Defender, but want to retain a private attorney, ask your Public Defender whom you should contact. Public Defenders have the benefit of being in court on a daily basis, allowing them the opportunity to see many of the local attorneys and gauge their competence in various types of criminal cases.
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