Being arrested can leave you feeling scared about the future and unsure of where to turn here and now. The stakes are high, and with so many criminal defense attorneys in New York, choosing the right one for your case often seems like a daunting task. In today’s post, we’re going to outline a few of the things you should keep in mind as you search for a criminal defense attorney.

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What to Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney


There are a few different ways to evaluate an attorney’s reputation:

Before Your Consultation

Before your consultation, do some research into what people are saying. If you heard about them from a friend, family member, or acquaintance, ask them more about what their experience was like.

You should also look into their online presence. Are they transparent with their reviews? Do they have any notable complaints against them, and if so, how have they addressed them?

During Your Consultation

Your consultation is your opportunity to get to know the attorney and determine whether they’re the best person to take your case. Remember that it’s your future that’s at stake, so don’t be afraid to ask for more information about what sets them apart or their success rate with similar cases.

After Your Consultation

Cross-reference your experience with testimonials and reviews. Do you have any lingering questions or concerns? If so, don’t be afraid to follow up. The right criminal defense attorney will be there for you from the very beginning.


The criminal justice system is complex and nuanced, and you need a criminal defense attorney who is familiar with every facet of the system. Experience isn’t all that matters, though. You should also look for a criminal defense attorney with a track record of success. As we noted above you should ask about cases that are similar to your own during your consultation. As just one example of why this is important, a talented DUI attorney may market themselves as a criminal defense attorney, but they may not have the skills and resources required to take on a complex assault case.


Communicating with your attorney is incredibly important. They’ll need to be in touch with you regarding your case, and you’ll need to be able to get in touch with them if something comes up or you have any questions. Ask about how they’ll communicate with you, and be wary of criminal defense attorneys who seem distracted during your initial consultation or don’t reply to your calls and emails in a timely manner.

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