If you’ve never been in legal trouble, you might not know where to turn if you are arrested. You probably know you need to get a San Diego criminal lawyer, but you probably don’t know how to evaluate one. While you might ask your friends or family for advice on who they recommend, ultimately you’ll need to make the decision for yourself. For those who have never made this sort of decision before, San Diego criminal attorney Peter M. Liss offers the following tips for evaluating the right lawyer for your needs.
- Make sure he or she is easy to get a hold of. If a criminal defense lawyer in San Diego is too busy to meet you in person and answer any questions you might have, then you should question whether or not he or she will have enough time to offer the help you need to successfully fight the charges against you. A top attorney like Peter M. Liss should be available to you regularly and even offer a 24-hour live answering service to help you at any hour of the day.
- Don’t trust someone who makes guarantees about your outcome. Your San Diego criminal attorney should be able to evaluate your case and give you a fair assessment of your situation, but no one can guarantee how a criminal case will end up. If someone promises you’ll be found not guilty, they are selling you a line, not the truth.
- Check his or her ratings, especially on AVVO. You can check attorney ratings on sites like Yelp, but don’t forget to check AVVO, a top legal website that offers ratings and reviews for 95% of all American lawyers. Peter Liss has 18 five-star reviews and a perfect rating on the site.
- Ask about his or her rates. Just because a San Diego criminal lawyer has high rates doesn’t mean he or she is the best in the area and if you can’t afford those rates, you should find another high-rated attorney with rates you can afford. Additionally, if he or she hesitates to tell you how much their services cost, that should be a red flag.
While Peter M. Liss hopes you will choose him as your attorney, he ultimately wishes you find someone you feel comfortable with and these tips can help. If you want to evaluate Mr. Liss for yourself, be sure to call (760) 643-4050 OR (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation. Mr. Liss offers reasonable rates and accepts all major credit cards.
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