Choosing The Right Criminal Attorney In Destin
Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at 9:08 pm
As an attorney who practices criminal defense in Destin, I’m in court several days a week. I get a chance to watch how other attorneys work; how they treat their clients; how they address the Court. It’s always obvious which attorneys seem confident and “on it,” and which ones seem flustered and ill-prepared.
Mediocre representation has becomes common. There are many reasons for this. One big one is that many attorneys are in a “race to the bottom” when it comes to fees. I really hope the practice of law hasn’t become a business where greed is the driving force and the model is “sign as many clients as possible for the lowest possible price and plead them guilty as quickly as possible.”
The old cliché of you get what you pay for definitely applies when it comes to choosing an attorney for your Destin criminal case.
At Flaherty Defense Firm, people call me all the time wanting me to “fix” what another attorney did. Usually, they either had the public defender, or they hired the cheapest payment plan lawyer they could find. Sometimes, we are able to help, but sadly, often times it is too late.
There are two areas in particular where I see this subpar level of attorney representation:
(1) The so-called “DUI Expert”
There are several attorneys in Destin who advertise themselves as DUI experts. They claim that DUIs are all they do. I am thinking of one attorney in Destin especially who only takes DUI cases and he pleads every single one of them guilty. Just the exact same deal the client could have gotten without an attorney. These attorneys will take your case on the cheap and then sell you out. They will scare you into taking the first deal offered by threatening that you could get jail time if you don’t plea out.
This is nonsense and you shouldn’t fall for it.
(2) Felony Court
Felony court is a serious place that demands serious, thoughtful representation. It is a place where lives are in the balance and making the right moves is critically important. Before trusting your freedom to someone just because they quoted you a low fee, ask them if they have ever tried a case before a jury in felony court. Maybe even ask them if they have ever won a jury trial in felony court. I think you would be amazed by the response you might get.
It really comes down to value. Does it really matter if your attorney charged you a low fee if you end up in prison, or end up with a felony on your record that could have been avoided with the right defense strategy?
I guess the point of this post is to warn you to do your research. Do your homework. You don’t want to look back later and wonder if you could have done something different to give you a better outcome. By then, it will be too late.
You only get one chance to get this right. Your choice of defense counsel for your Destin arrest might be one of the most important decisions you ever make. You owe it to yourself to hire the very best criminal defense attorney you can.
If you have been arrested in Destin, I would be glad to meet with you to talk about your case. Call Flaherty Defense Firm today at (850) 243-6097 and let’s get to work planning your defense. I welcome your call, and I am available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.