When hiring a criminal appeals barristers, you need to start by researching the appellate process and researching different attorneys in your jurisdiction. Speak with at least a few criminal appeals barristers and assess them using some of the attributes outlined below. At the end of the whole process, you should be able to find the best appellate barrister who works within your budget and provides the best results.
If you need a criminal appeals attorney it means you have been convicted of something either by trial or by taking a plea. If you completely trust your trial lawyer, you can always ask for a recommendation. You can also ask for referrals from any lawyer friends you might have. You can also ask for referrals from other friends, relatives or colleagues who have been convicted of a crime and appealed their cases.
You can also search online for appellate attorneys in your area that might help you with your case. Don't rush into choosing the first name you find online. Rather, you should list down a few names and proceed researching each lawyer on your list. With all these sources you find a few names of appellate lawyers you can interview.
When interviewing a prospective appellate attorney you should ask all the important questions. For instance, how long has the lawyer been practicing? Is the whole practice devoted to criminal appeals or just a portion? If you have any access to a legal research service, you can search each prospective candidate to find out more information about him/her. You can assess the expertise of the appellate lawyer depending on the answers you receive.
Are you thinking about using your trial lawyer for the appeal case? There are many advantages and disadvantages of doing this. For instance, the trial lawyer is already familiar with the case which can make him/her passionate about it throughout the whole case. Even better, he/she might handle the case for a cheaper fee. Well, there is always the disadvantage that the trial attorney is too familiar forcing him/her not to be objective throughout the case.
Don't forget that appellate procedures are very extensive and require a lot of research time. Appellate lawyers with enough experience can handle the whole process. Trial attorneys who have not had experience in appellate courts might have a hard time arguing the case. Therefore, when you are in doubt, it's always better to choose the expert.
As mentioned appellate procedures are usually very extensive and demanding. You should also expect to pay a handful amount for the whole process. Before hiring any criminal appeals barristers, you should know how much you are going to pay for the whole process and the method of payment.
Don't be tempted to choose the cheapest appellate attorney without a guarantee that he/she is the best at the job. Certainly, you need to work with someone who has your best interests at heart. Don't rush into choosing the most expensive lawyer either without complete assurance that he/she can provide the best services possible.
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