If you have been charged with a criminal offence, one of the most important decisions you will need to make is whether you should hire a criminal lawyer and, if so, which lawyer you should hire to help you with your case.
Should You Hire A Criminal Lawyer?
There are many advantages to hiring a lawyer to represent you in court. The most obvious advantage is that lawyers have extensive training and experience in dealing with the legal system and therefore we know how to navigate the laws and processes to ensure that you get the right outcome.
Unfortunately however many people choose to hire the wrong lawyer. For example, it is quite common for people to hire their local general practice lawyer who might also be their family lawyer, estate lawyer and so on. While they may be excellent lawyers, they simply could not have the same knowledge and experience of the criminal justice system as a dedicated criminal lawyer.
Criminal lawyers focus on just one area of law – criminal law. This provides them the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about criminal laws, possibles excused and defences, court procedures etc. This gives you the best chance possible of receiving the right outcome.
Which Criminal Lawyer Should You Hire?
Once you have made the decision to hire a criminal lawyer to represent you in court, your next decision is which criminal lawyer you should hire.
Your criminal lawyer should be easily contactable. Do they take urgent calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Do they take several days to respond to your emails? At Harper Finch Lawyers, we understand that going to court is a stressful experience so we make ourselves available 24/7 to assist you with your case.
Your criminal lawyer should keep you constantly updated. Criminal law can be confusing and it is easy to misunderstand important parts of your case if they are not properly explained to you. We speak to our clients in plain English and we are always happy to answer any questions our clients have, no matter how big or small their questions might be. We also keep our clients ‘in the loop’ so that they are aware of how their case is progressing.
Your criminal lawyer should charge reasonable fees. The last thing that you want in addition to the stress of going to court is stress from unreasonably high legal fees or unexpected legal bills. We almost always provide fixed quotes which provides our clients with peace of mind, knowing that they won’t receive any surprise bills in the mail. We also charge fees that are fair and that take into account each of our clients’ personal circumstances.
Finally, your criminal lawyer should be familiar with the courthouse you are appearing in. Harper Finch Lawyers are based in Brisbane, which means that we regularly appear in courts throughout South-East Queensland. However we appear in all courts throughout Queensland and in the past we have appeared in courthouses such as Cairns, Quilpie and Kingaroy. This exposure to different courthouses throughout Queensland gives us superior knowledge about the various magistrates and judges that appear in our courts.
Your Next Step
If you have made the decision to hire a criminal lawyer, don’t hesitate to contact Harper Finch Lawyers now. As one of Brisbane’s leading criminal law firms, we will be able to help you navigate the criminal justice system to ensure that you get the best outcome possible, no matter what you have been charged with or which courthouse you are appearing in.