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How do I Choose the Best Probation Violation Attorney?

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  • Written By: N. Madison
  • Edited By: Jenn Walker
  • Last Modified Date: 04 October 2017
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Choosing the right probation violation attorney may have a significant effect on the outcome of your case. To start, the best choice will likely be an attorney who specializes in criminal law and has significant experience helping individuals who have been accused of probation violations. It may also help to choose an attorney who has experience dealing with the type of crime for which you were charged. You may also consider an attorney’s past record of winning cases, the fees he will charge, and whether or not he has a record of disciplinary action with your jurisdiction’s bar association.

When you need to choose the best probation violation attorney, one of the most important considerations is experience. You may prefer a lawyer who has spent several years working on criminal law cases. In particular, you may prefer an attorney who focuses a good deal of his practice on probation violation cases, but this can be hard to gauge if an attorney handles various types of criminal law cases. One way to determine how much an attorney focuses on probation violation cases is to visit his website and see how much of its content is devoted to probation violation information. If a significant amount of the content focuses on probation violations, there’s a good chance this legal matter is one of the attorney's focuses.

You may also do well to choose an attorney who has experience handling cases that involve the type of crime with which you've been charged. For example, you may consider an attorney who specializes in drunk driving cases but has never dealt with a case involving a weapons charge. If your case involves a weapons charge, you may feel more confident in hiring an attorney who has a good deal of experience with weapons charges and the penalties applied for probation violators in your jurisdiction.

As you compare probation violation attorneys, you may also consider it important to research their reputations before making a choice. A probation violation attorney who has a reputation for winning cases may be a good choice for handling your case. When you have narrowed your list to an attorney or two, you may also contact your jurisdiction’s bar association to determine whether there are disciplinary records against the attorneys you are considering. If there are, you may do well to cross them off your list in favor of a probation violation attorney with an unblemished record.

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