If you find yourself arrested and facing charges of a criminal offense, then you should seek the services of a Tampa criminal attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer will not only defend you by representing you in court, but can also arrange for your release from custody after arrest, be present at any bail hearing and also offer you advice and support during your case.
If you have previous convictions or have had cause to consult with a Tampa criminal attorney in the past, then you should contact them first, unless you were dissatisfied with the service they gave you. Finding a criminal defense lawyer is not as hard as you may think and there are several options open to you when it comes to finding the right person to represent you.
Friends and family can be a great source of recommendations for lawyers and it is worth making some discreet inquiries with them and following up on any leads. Recommendations from past clients are always a good source of clients for any business, and the legal profession is no exception.
Check out online legal directories which can give you details of Tampa criminal attorney's in your locality. By simply entering your zip code and the type of case you are facing you will receive a list of possible leads. Some websites will only carry contact details whilst others will provide more in depth profiles of attorney's and the firms they work for.
Locally, you will find details of criminal defense lawyers in your local phone and business directories, as well as advertisements in local newspapers and publications. Finally you can approach your local bar association for a referral. They will take some details from you and match you with a local lawyer who meets your needs. You are under no obligation to hire them, but maybe charged a referral fee by the bar association if you do.
It is important to note that although many lawyers will handle a wide variety of different criminal cases, you should try to find someone who specializes in your particular type of case. They will have more experience with state law, procedures and court house personnel, which could be of great benefit to you.
Try to meet with at least two Tampa criminal attorney's before deciding on who to hire. Most lawyers will provide a free first consultation and will give you the opportunity to find out more about them, their practice, fee structure and gain a valuable insight into how they work. You need to feel comfortable with your attorney, as well as have confidence in them and your first meeting should give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.