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How to Choose the Right Criminal Defense Counsel

Facing criminal charges can be overwhelming, and selecting the right defense attorney is crucial. At Harrington & Mahoney, we understand the urgency and complexity of this decision.

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Key Considerations in Choosing Your Defense Attorney:

  • Experience and Skill Over Price: While some attorneys may offer low fees to attract a high volume of clients, this often comes at the cost of personalized attention and expertise. Conversely, high fees do not always equate to high quality.
  • Beware of Promises and Comparisons: Steer clear of attorneys who guarantee outcomes or disparage their peers. The most effective lawyers focus on their qualifications and how they can best serve you.
  • The Myth of the "Simple Case": No criminal case is too minor for skilled representation. Early decisions can significantly impact the case's outcome and long-term consequences.
  • Innocence Requires Expert Defense: Innocent individuals are wrongfully convicted far too often. Ensuring that your innocence is proven requires a sophisticated defense strategy.
  • The Cost of Defense vs. the Cost of Conviction: Economizing on your defense could lead to irreversible outcomes. Appeals are costly and rarely overturn convictions entirely.
  • Navigating Attorney Listings: Online listings may not reflect an attorney's qualifications. Prominence in such directories often correlates with advertising spend rather than expertise.

Reliable Resources for Finding Qualified Attorneys:

  • Martindale-Hubbell: This peer-reviewed directory evaluates attorneys based on feedback from other legal professionals. Visit Martindale-Hubbell.
  • NACDL Membership: Membership in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers indicates a commitment to criminal defense.
  • Community Recommendations: Consult with local attorneys in other practice areas for recommendations on distinguished criminal defense lawyers.

Why Consider Harrington & Mahoney?

While no firm can claim to be the absolute best for every case, at Harrington & Mahoney, we dedicate ourselves to being the best for your case. We encourage you to reach out, discuss your needs, and see how our expertise aligns with your legal situation.

Contact Us Today: Choosing the right criminal defense counsel is a pivotal step in your legal journey. Let us help you navigate this crucial decision.

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