Regardless of the circumstance, being faced with criminal charges is stressful and disconcerting to those involved. This can be felt more-so in cases of domestic violence, as there is a social stigma that accompanies the claims, and that can be difficult to overcome. Because of this, it’s imperative that you seek out the proper representation when taking your domestic violence charges to court. Knowing how and who to choose for that representation can come down to a select few questions, as well as their response to your initial consultation.
How Many of These Cases Have you Handled?
Perhaps the most important question is one that doesn’t pertain to your specific situation; and that’s the question of experience. Ask yourself, would you want your fate determined by a lawyer with over dozens of cases under their belt, or would you want your case to be their first? The answer is rather obvious, barring unique circumstances, but it would always be better to have an attorney with experience rather than not. Their answer to this question not only determines their time in the industry, but it also may explain their practice’s focus; because it’s entirely possible to practice law for decades, but have very little knowledge of a particular branch of law. While this is seldom the case, you want someone who knows exactly what needs to be done to win.
Detailing the Incident
When consulting with any legal representative about your matter, it’s important to bring any and all documentation that is vital to the charges. During the consultation, after you’ve gotten the answers to questions that you may deem important, it’s wise to go over the details of the case. Not only will they be given the opportunity to see your case first hand, but it will create a deeper connection with you as the potential client. Every small piece of evidence is crucial, as there may be an omission or oversight that the attorney will be able to exploit in order to reduce or remove your charges altogether.
- Where did the incident take place?
- Who was the victim in question, and what was the relation?
- Was medical attention sought?
- What weapons or objects were used, and what was the nature of the abuse?
- Were there witnesses present?
- When did this event occur?
These questions, and many others, paint the picture for the attorney. They will have a more in depth understanding of the event, as the documentation and testimonies will be able to show perspective versus reality. Being up front and honest with the lawyer in the consultation already starts you on the right foot.
Finding the right attorney for you doesn’t have to be hard, it just takes a little preparation and digging to narrow down the search. Once you have, then you’ll be able to rest more easily knowing that your future is in the hands of a very capable lawyer, handpicked by you.