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Gavel and handcuffs - Manavi Law Group, APLC.What To Look For When Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney

When hiring a criminal defense attorney in California, the first and foremost quality to look for is trustworthiness. You should feel a level of trust and comfort with your attorney, similar to the relationship you have with your doctor. They should be approachable, honest, and willing to look you in the eye while addressing your concerns.

It’s important that they are open about their knowledge of the law and are not hesitant to admit when they don’t know the answer to something. If a lawyer is unwilling to say, I don’t know; I need to look that up and get back to you, it might be a red flag. Given the vast and incredibly nuanced nature of criminal law, no attorney can be expected to know every possible law or outcome. Humility is a valuable trait in a lawyer, as it is in anyone. They should realize this and not have an issue with admitting their shortcomings when necessary.

Some other red flags to be mindful of include an attorney who appears untrustworthy, is unwilling to engage with your questions, or doesn’t make you feel comfortable about their abilities. An especially concerning sign is if the attorney is resistant to getting or considering your input in crafting your defense. While some clients may choose not to provide input, an attorney should be receptive to those who want to actively participate in their defense. It’s your life, after all.

Accessibility is paramount. If you find it challenging to reach your attorney or if they don’t return your calls promptly, it could be another red flag. A good attorney should be available and willing to communicate, even during off-hours to some degree. Providing direct contact information, such as a cell phone number, and being open to receiving text messages are positive indicators of an attorney who values clear communication and your involvement. If an attorney is unwilling to share their contact information or doesn’t respond to messages promptly, it might be a major cause for concern.

What My Firm Can Do For You

If you choose to hire my firm, you can expect a robust and high-quality defense for your case. Compassion and kindness are fundamental values to my approach and drive everything I do. I take every measure to ensure that you are treated with respect throughout the legal process. I prioritize communication, and you can anticipate that all calls and text messages will be returned promptly. If you have questions, I am committed to providing thorough and timely answers. If I don’t have an immediate answer, I will research it and get back to you as quickly as possible.

My firm offers a couple of key things that you won’t be able to do for yourself. The first involves courtroom representation: navigating the legal proceedings, handling interactions with the judge and prosecutor, possessing a deep understanding of the law, and prioritizing your interests — everything you think of when you think of a lawyer.

The second is far less obvious but equally important — the role of a counselor. Beyond the courtroom, my job as a lawyer includes helping you maintain clarity and focus. In addition to this, I am to steer you clear of making mistakes or becoming excessively optimistic or pessimistic about your case. It’s difficult to maintain this balance throughout the entire legal process. I especially excel at this aspect of legal counsel, however. Doing it well requires a personalized aspect of legal representation that goes beyond the courtroom and is crucial for your overall well-being during this challenging time, which is right up my alley.

For more information on Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney In California, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (310) 879-5616 today.

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