Criminal law is a very specialised and important area of law. If you are going to court for criminal charges, you could be facing imprisonment or a hefty fine, so getting the right kind of representation is vital for your case.
If you have been charged with an offence or think you are going to be charged, the best thing you can do is speak with a criminal lawyer immediately. They will be able to advise you about your situation and let you know what your next steps should be. The sooner you speak to a lawyer, the better they will be able to help you.
What kind of lawyer do you need?
Theoretically, any lawyer can represent you in a criminal case. A lawyer doesn't need a different qualification in order to practice criminal law. However, it is important that that are familiar and comfortable with the intricacies of criminal law so that they can represent you effectively. Even if a lawyer has decades of experience, they may not have much, or any, experience with criminal law, so you should always find out exactly how much criminal law experience a lawyer has.
One option is to hire a lawyer who has become an accredited specialist in criminal law. These are lawyers who have a put a great deal of time and effort into focussing on criminal law and have been recognised by the Law Institute of Victoria. If you have been charged with a more serious offence, such as robbery or assault, you may feel more comfortable with an accredited specialist.
As long as your lawyer has experience handling criminal law cases, they may not need to have a great deal of litigation experience. They will be able to arrange for a barrister with more experience standing up in court to represent you during the court appearances. It's possible that this will be more cost effective than your lawyer representing you at the trial since the barrister will likely charge by the day while lawyers usually charge by the hour.
- What does a criminal lawyer do? A criminal defense lawyer ensures their client is afforded all the protections provided by the law. This involves building a defense, developing a case strategy, investigating and researching the case, negotiating with the prosecution, handling legal motions, and they may represent you in court.
- What does a barrister do? A barrister is a specialist advocate who has a deep understanding of both the law and the rules of the courts. They can provide expert representation in a court hearing instead of having your criminal lawyer represent you.
Finding your lawyer
The most important thing to keep in mind when you're trying to find a lawyer is that you need to be able to trust them. Having confidence in their experience and skill will go a long way towards building trust, but it is also very important that you get along with them as an individual as well. You need to believe that they have your best interests in mind and will represent you diligently.
The best way to find out if a lawyer is right for you or not is to talk to them. Some law firms will offer a free consultation for new clients which gives you the opportunity to get to know a lawyer before having to pay for their services.
Get expert advice from Rose Criminal Lawyers
At Rose Lawyers, we have been representing clients who are facing criminal charges for over 35 years. Our criminal litigation lawyers can provide you with advice about the nature of the charges against you and the possible outcomes that you may face. We will represent you diligently and ensure that your interests are protected.
To schedule your free consultation, call Rose Lawyers on 03 9878 5222.