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Making the most of an initial legal consultation

The chances of getting a dismissal of your case, if you have been charged with a crime, will rest partially on how well your lawyer represents you in dealings with court officials.  That means the first big decision you face after being charged with any crime is who you will retain to deal with your legal matters.

Finding the best possible lawyer in Denver can happen in many different ways, either from a referral, a recommendation from a friend, research on the Internet or a variety of other methods.  You need to approach finding the right lawyer in a methodical way, having a strategy in place much the same way you would in hiring a key employee if you were running a business.

After doing some initial research, you should narrow your choices down to a manageable number and then plan an initial legal consultation with each one.

When you meet with each attorney, there are some key areas you should focus on as you discuss the possibility of entering into a relationship with them.

While you have already gotten a broad sense of their professional background and experience with some initial research, during a meeting, you should ask the attorney to provide you with an explanation of their experience, the types of cases they have handled and how much of their practice is devoted to the types of cases pertinent to your situation.

You should also discuss in broad terms how the lawyer might approach a defense strategy for your case.  With an initial consultation, don’t expect too many details, but you should get a sense as to whether or not their strategy is in line with what you think is appropriate.

Administrative issues should be touched upon as well.  How much does the lawyer charge?  What is the fee structure – is it contingency based, hourly or a flat fee.  Also, make sure to find out how hands on the lawyer is, or how much of the case he will be delegating to the staff.
Newell & Decker serves clients in Denver and nearby Colorado communities.

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