If you’ve been arrested or charged with a crime, it’s in your best interest to immediately contact a criminal defense attorney. A good criminal defense lawyer can explain your rights in all stages of the criminal process and help make the difference between a reduced plea bargain, dismissal or a jail sentence. 

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Being charged with a crime – whether major or minor – is serious business. A person facing criminal charges faces the risk of jail time, having a criminal record and loss of future job prospects, among other things.  


While some legal matters can be handled alone, a criminal arrest of any nature warrants the legal advice of a qualified criminal defense attorney who can protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome for your case. 


If you’re facing criminal prosecution, a criminal defense attorney can help you understand:

  • The nature and severity of charges filed
  • Any available defenses
  • Which, if any, plea bargains may be offered
  • What is expected after trial or conviction


What to Look for When Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal defense attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to state and federal crimes.  When seeking a criminal defense attorney, you will want to one that best suits your case. You should concentrate on the lawyer’s expertise, skill level, knowledge and experience. 


Questions to Ask a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Before selecting a criminal defense lawyer, you should feel comfortable enough speaking with him or her concerning all aspects of your criminal charges. 


Here are some questions to ask:

  • Do you have any experience handling cases similar to mine?
  • How much of my criminal case will you actually handle?
  • How many jury trials have you argued?
  • How often do you work out plea agreements or ask for a lesser charge?
  • What are your attorney fees, and how are they calculated? Do you offer a payment plan?
  • Would you be willing to provide references from clients you’ve helped?

If you need help resolving a criminal case, we can help. Criminal Law Attorneys Patrick McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark at Andersen, Tate & Carr have combined experience of more than 30 years representing clients. For more information, or to request a case evaluation, call our law office at (770) 467-3205.

We have been very successful at reaching the best possible outcome for our clients, and our attorneys are here to help you through this difficult and stressful time.