In this four part series of "How to Help Your Attorney Help You", Attorney at Law Michael S. Davis discusses:
When should I contact an attorney?
What should I look for in an attorney?
What should I bring for my appointment?
What do I tell my attorney?
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN AN ATTORNEY
In Virginia attorneys are not permitted to hold themselves out as specialists. There are some exceptions to this rule but they do not apply to traffic or criminal law. When selecting an attorney you want to look for someone who has a heavy concentration in the area of practice that your case involves. For example, you may not want to go to a divorce lawyer for a DUI or a tax attorney for a weapons charge. Michael S. Davis Attorney at Law is an experienced traffic and criminal defense attorney with experience as with experience as a police officer and expertise in other fields that relate to traffic and criminal defense.
You want to find an attorney that you can communicate well with. Your attorney should return calls and be willing to meet with you as needed to pursue your case. If your attorney will not explain things or return your calls you may want to think about whether this is the right attorney for your needs.
Last, you must trust your attorney and listen to his or her advice. If you do not trust your attorney or you are not willing to listen to advice you do so at your own peril. This is not to say that you do not have the right to question advice or make a decision that your attorney does not agree with, but remember that your attorney is looking out for your best interests and tries to ensure the best outcome possible for you. Attorney Michael S. Davis will tailor his representation to your needs and use his collective experience and training to best serve your needs.
Read part one of this series: "How to Help Your Attorney Help You, When Should I Contact an Attorney"