Phoenix criminal defense lawyer Nick Alcock offers some advice to people seeking legal representation for criminal and DUI cases. He says to, "slow down, get second opinions, ask questions and get everything in writing."
Online PR News – 25-July-2011 – – People facing criminal charges sometimes act in panic and desperation. Phoenix criminal defense attorney Nick Alcock believes that people should slow down before hiring a lawyer.
"One of the first things I tell potential clients is that they have the right to shop around for second and third opinions. There is nothing wrong with speaking to several attorneys. It is always a good idea to take the time to find a criminal or DUI lawyer you are truly comfortable with."
Alcock notes that the vast majority of lawyers in Phoenix follow the best business practices. Despite this, Alcock notes that many times people pay large retainers without fully reading or understanding their fee agreement. As a result, some criminal defense attorneys drop their cases half way through.
"There's nothing wrong with charging an extra fee for trial. However, many people don't realize how much a trial will cost them. In their haste to get an attorney they don't think about budgets or their ability to pay future bills. When they can't come up with the additional money for trial, their private criminal or DUI attorney drops out and the office of the public defender is reassigned to the case."
Alcock suggests some simple rules of thumb. Get fee agreements in writing and read them fully. Don't ever feel pressured to sign anything. And beware of attorneys that promise a specific outcome.
"Just get everything in writing and take the time to understand the process fully. At Alcock and Associates we don't charge extra trial fees for criminal cases for a reason. When we start something we like to see it all the way through."
If you or a loved one have been arrested for a criminal or DUI case in Arizona, feel free to contact the law firm of Alcock and Associates for a free consultation. 602-989-5000.