If you are in need of an experienced and competent criminal defense attorney in Union County New Jersey area you should call the Law Office of Vincent J. Sanzone, Jr. 
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There are many things to consider when hiring a New Jersey criminal attorney. The following is a list of some the considerations that you should examine when hiring a New Jersey criminal defense attorney:

1. Make certain that the attorney you intend to hire actually handles criminal cases. Don't hire your real estate attorney, or someone that drew up your will to handle your criminal case. You wouldn't hire an internist to operate on your heart would you? Because criminal defense is a specialized field of law, you need to hire a lawyer who specializes in this particular field.  Specifically, don’t be afraid to ask specific legal questions to your lawyer about the crime that you are charged with.  If she/he doesn’t appear to know what she/he is talking about, find another lawyer.  Also, recognize that an honest lawyer, even a very knowledge one, will not have all the answers.  But if she/he is honest with you in that regard, that is a point in her favor.

2. Make certain that the criminal lawyer you intend to hire handles the particular type of criminal case that you have. If you are charged with murder, don't hire a lawyer who does only drunk-driving cases. Find a lawyer instead who has experience handling murder cases. Or if you are charged with a federal crime, don't hire a lawyer who handles crimes only in state court. Find a lawyer instead who has experience handling federal cases.

3. Be certain that the attorney that you hire has a lot of experience handling your particular type of case. For example, even if the lawyer you intend to hire handles nothing but drunk-driving cases, did he or she graduate from law school three months ago and therefore has very little actual experience handling such cases?

4. Avoid hiring an attorney who promises you a specific outcome. It is impossible for a lawyer whom you have just met and who knows nothing about your case except what you have told him to tell you how your case will turn out with any degree of certainty.  If the attorney guarantees a win; run out the door.  Not only are these types of promises unethical, but also she/he is so desperate for the case and will do anything for the case.

5. If your goal is to resolve your case without a trial, you may not need to hire the best criminal trial lawyer in town. You may want to look instead for someone who has experience successfully negotiating your particular type of criminal case. On the other hand, if you definitely want to have a trial, be sure that the criminal attorney you hire has significant experience trying cases and is not simply an "office" lawyer.

6. If you are hiring a specific criminal lawyer to work on your case, make sure that that specific lawyer and not one of her associates is the lawyer who will actually be working on your case and going to court with you.  Don’t be fooled by the bait and switch technique of some large or so-called “high profile” lawyers.  Often when you hire such a firm, you are actually hiring one of their associates right out of law school with little of no experience.

7. Hire a criminal attorney whom you feel comfortable working with after meeting him and discussing your case. Don't hire a lawyer who is pressuring you to go to trial if your goal is to strike a satisfactory deal with the prosecutor as soon as possible. On the other hand, don't hire a lawyer who is pressuring you to take a plea bargain if what you really want is a trial.

8. Be sure that the criminal lawyer you intend to hire has time to work on your case. If the lawyer you intend to hire is starting a month-long federal trial next week, he may not be the criminal lawyer best suited to represent you if your case requires a lot of work and your trial date is fast approaching.

9. Be certain that the criminal attorney you intend to hire is accessible (return phone calls, or gives is cell phone number).  No matter how many people work for the attorney you hire (secretaries, paralegals, associates), if the attorney that you hired is not accessible it means nothing. If not, you may want to look for another lawyer.

10. If the lawyer you intend to hire is quoting you a fee that is a lot more or a lot less than the going rate, ask yourself why. If the fee being quoted is a lot more than the going rate, is it because the lawyer is that much better than her competitors? If she is not that much better, than why should you pay that fee? On the other hand, if the fee being quoted is a lot less than the going rate, is it because the lawyer is just starting out and has little experience handling your particular type of criminal case? If so, you may want to look for another lawyer.

Vincent J. Sanzone, Jr., is a New Jersey criminal lawyer who has been representing clients charged with crimes since 1990.  His office is located in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and can be reached at CriminalDefenseNJ.com

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