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3 hallmarks of an effective attorney

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2022 | Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

When you have to defend yourself against charges, it’s important that you have the right team on your side. An effective attorney can make a big difference between facing harsh penalties and having charges dropped or altered in a way that could benefit you.

What makes a great attorney, though? Is it their education? Is it their ability to speak with others and make an effective argument? The answer is that there are many factors that create a great attorney, and you should be looking for several of them when you hire one.

3 signs that your attorney is a good choice

There are several signs that tell you that your attorney is a good choice for you. Here are three.

  1. They listen to you and provide honest feedback

The first thing to look for in an attorney is someone who is willing to listen to you but who won’t sugarcoat their opinion. It’s important for them to hear what you’re saying, but it’s also important for you to have the opportunity to understand the reality of the charges you’re facing and the punishments that could be used.

  1. They have good knowledge of the law

Every good attorney gets to know the area of law in which they’re working in. The attorney you work with should be familiar with the laws that could impact your case and be able to help build a defense that works to protect you.

  1. They have good relationships

Finally, remember that a good attorney is normally respected within their community. When you look for an attorney, it’s reasonable to ask for references and to get to know who you could work with through friends or family. At the same time, you want to find out if that attorney is respected by other attorneys or judges, because if not, that could affect your case negatively.

These are three things that could make a more effective attorney. Do your research before you choose someone to work with, because the counsel you choose does make a difference in how your case will be approached and the outcome that you end up with.