If you have been charged with domestic violence charges, you already know that life changes fast. Relief seems a long way off. The first step away from any jail time or heavy fines is your first step toward finding a domestic violence defense attorney. The right attorney will improve your chances of restoring your life and avoiding the worst. Whether you are guilty or are being wrongfully accused, your legal representation is going to mean everything.
So what should you look for in hiring a domestic violence defense attorney? This post will offer some questions you may ask when interviewing an attorney. After you have browsed the reviews, narrowed your choices, and you begin calling law firms, keep these questions nearby to help you get the information critical to making your decision.
If I hire you, how will I know what is happening and how will I communicate with you?
For any firm to do their best, communication must be central to the relationship. Throughout your case, you and your attorney should jointly decide the best way to stay in touch. Ask for their response time policy on client interactions. Inquire if you will be passed to other people and who you can reach in an emergency.
In a domestic violence situation, what are my options for possible defenses?
When you are interviewing attorneys, you have the right to learn what defenses the attorney has used or seen in past case law. Ask about your best and worst chances for your defense. Any experienced domestic violence defense attorney can quickly analyze and supply various potential outcomes and corresponding defenses for resolution.
What experience do you have in domestic violence cases in Washington?
Anyone with a law license can call themselves a domestic violence attorney. When you are charged with domestic violence, it is vital you are represented by someone qualified to fight hard on your behalf. Ask questions like: Have you represented anyone with a situation like mine? Have you had experience with this judge or this prosecutor?
How much will this cost me in legal fees and other costs?
Legal fees are a fact of life in defending yourself against domestic violence. It is helpful to work with someone transparent, who will share hard numbers from the beginning. This way there are no surprises and you will know exactly what you need to get the job accomplished. Ask the attorneys you interview if they will consider a flat fee. Discuss a payment plan and its provisions. Discuss other case costs and estimates so you may plan ahead.
What to Do if You Have Been Charged with Domestic Violence
Domestic violence charges can turn your life upside down. They are serious and can follow you, making life miserable for many years. It is extremely important to work with the right attorney with your best interests in mind. Steve Karimi is an experienced prosecutor with years of experience ready to put it to work for you. Call us today at 206-621-8777 to schedule your consultation.