We are criminal defense attorneys and DUI lawyers located in Springfield, Illinois and serve clients all over central Illinois. Frequently we have clients who have never needed the services of an attorney before or who feel that they have been under-served by an attorney they have had in the past. Hiring an attorney is one of the most important first steps any client makes in defending against charges brought against them, whether the charges are simple traffic violations or more serious felony or DUI charges. To that end, we’d like to share with you our thoughts about what to look for, and what to expect, when hiring a lawyer to defend you against criminal charges:
- You should hire a lawyer you feel comfortable talking with. Our ability to obtain the result you seek depends on many things, but one of the most important is communication. If you do not feel that you can openly communicate with us, then it will be much more difficult for us to effectively help you. We need you to communicate with us about your case: the good, the bad, and the ugly. We need for you to communicate with us about what resolution you want to seek for your case. We need you to communicate with us about how potential resolutions might affect your employment, education, or home life. We need you to communicate with us if you believe there is evidence that will help you but that the State has not gathered. No one knows your case better than you—and we cannot begin to know your case as well as you do unless you tell us everything you know about your case.
- We work for the client and not for the person who may be paying the bills. This is an important point. We understand that our clients often have family members and friends who help pay their legal fees. However, it is important for those family members and friends to understand that it is ultimately the client who we are working for, and thus our client calls the shots with regard to how his or her case gets resolved.