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    Ask This About Finding a Top Criminal Defense Lawyer

    Finding the top criminal defense lawyer near you is the important first step in trying to beat any criminal charges you may be facing. Even if you were assigned a public defender, you may feel more comfortable with a private attorney representing you as you face charges. Whether you are facing state charges or federal charges, a top criminal defense attorney can help you as you try to beat the rap. Even if you are facing a minor charge, you should try to do as much research as you can to help you find the best attorney to represent you and your interests. If you are facing criminal charges, ask these questions to learn more about the importance of hiring the best criminal defense attorney you can afford.

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    I heard about this great attorney on TV. How do I get him to represent me?
    Some attorneys may only take cases that they think they can win. The best way to try to get this attorney to represent you is to ask them for a consultation and ask them to take your case. The worst that could happen is they turn you down.
    My friend said I don't need an attorney. Do I?
    You should never accept legal advice from anyone who is not a licensed attorney in the state you are facing charges. Not only is it risky - you could get bad advice that can ruin your life - but it is illegal for someone to give legal advice when they are not licensed to practice law.
    I'm accused of a crime in a different state than the one I live in. What should I do?
    If you are accused of a crime while out of state, you should hire an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the state in which you are facing charges. An attorney in your home state may not be familiar with the laws of the state you are facing charges in and that could hurt you.
    What if I cannot afford the best attorney?
    Every state in the United States assigns a public defender to people who are accused of a crime and are facing charges but cannot afford to hire their own private attorney. These public defenders either work for a reduced fee for you or they are paid by the taxpayer. If you're lucky, you may also find an attorney at your local legal aid office.
    Should I always use the public defender assigned to me?
    The public defender is there to assist you, but you may not feel that they are representing you in a way that makes you feel confident with their service. If you can afford a private attorney and would feel more comfortable, there's no harm in hiring your own attorney.
    Where do I find local attorneys?
    You can usually find a list of referrals at the courthouse or public defender's office. In addition, you can look on the state bar website for the specific state you are being tried in and you can research local attorneys from there.
    If I'm found guilty, how can a top attorney help me?
    You should discuss all legal issues with your attorney, but good attorneys can help you try to get a reduced sentence in addition to helping you deal with issues that might arise from any prison time, like getting your bills paid on time and finding someone to help you with your kids.
    I'm innocent of these charges so why do I need an attorney?
    You should hire an attorney even if you are innocent of committing a crime. A defense attorney can help you fight the charges, and even if they aren't successful, they may be able to help you get a reduced sentence.