If you are facing either criminal charges or a civil lawsuit, you need to be represented by a lawyer. And not just any lawyer. You should make sure to hire an attorney who is experienced in your particular legal matter.
There are a number of situations in which you could find yourself needing a personal injury attorney. For example, you might get injured at work and wind up in a dispute with your company and its insurer as to whether it will pay for medical care and how much it will pay. In such a case, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer to protect your interests.
The same goes for a divorce. Nearly half of all first marriages and close to 60% of all second marriages end in divorce, so you may find yourself needing the services of a good divorce lawyer at some point in your lifetime. If you have children and you and your spouse cannot agree on custody, then you should find a divorce attorney who also is a child custody lawyer.
If, God forbid, you should find yourself faced with a criminal charge, then you definitely will want to have a criminal defense attorney. Criminal law is very different from civil law, and unlike civil law, where the penalties for failure are largely monetary, the consequences of a poor defense in a criminal case can be the loss of your freedom as well as the loss of other rights. In such a case, you also want to be sure you hire an attorney who has experience in your specific criminal case. For example, if you are facing a felony charge, you don’t want to have an attorney whose experience is mostly dealing with DUI cases.
When you do need an attorney, whether it’s a child custody lawyer or a criminal defense attorney, it can be difficult to know how to find the right person. Most attorneys do some form of advertising, either online or in print, such as in a newspaper or phone book. You can ask friends and family and make queries on social media. Before hiring an attorney, you should check to make sure the person is in good standing with the state’s bar association.
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