How to Choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer: 5 Tips You Should Know

When you need a criminal defense lawyer on your side, making the right choice matters. Read on for 5 tips on how to choose a criminal defense lawyer who will effectively defend your interests.

If you are facing criminal charges, it is in your best interest to hire a defense attorney immediately. Since not all lawyers are created equal, here are 5 tips to help you know how to choose a criminal defense lawyer.

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, contact the Law Offices of Keren Goldenberg today to discuss the details of your case: online or by phone: 978-221-2503 (Lowell), 617-431-2701 (Belmont).

How to choose a criminal defense lawyer

  1. Get referrals as a starting point

Are there people in your life who have faced charges similar to the ones you are facing? Who did they hire? Did they achieve a favorable outcome? Did they feel heard and supported? The criminal defense field is huge. Strong referrals are a good place to start. 

  1. Look for experience in your local court system / with your specific crime

Local connections can go a long way in fighting a criminal charge, so a defense lawyer with experience and relationships in your court system is a huge advantage. Ask about this during an initial consultation. 

Additionally, the field of criminal law is broad. The right defense lawyer for you should be someone who has direct experience defending the crimes for which you face charges. While it’s not realistic to expect a defense lawyer to know everything off-the-cuff, it is reasonable to expect a level of comfort and experience with the laws related to your case. 

  1. Look for proactive communication

A good lawyer should have a team of people available to field your questions in a timely manner. Be sure the lawyer you hire is responsive. Picking up your calls and answering emails is not the same as listening. Make sure your defense lawyer’s responsiveness is matched with a real willingness and ability to hear your questions, concerns, and priorities. 

Your lawyer will control many aspects of your case and much of the outcome is in their hands. At the same time, key decisions like whether to plead guilty or go to trial are up to you and it is important to feel confident that you have hired a lawyer who will hear you when it comes to making those important calls. 

  1. Check reputable sources

When you think you have a narrow list of good options, you should check reputable sources, like the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers to identify whether the lawyer has a record of public discipline. Remember, you are the one doing the hiring and you should do some due diligence before you hire. 

  1. Set up an initial consultation

If someone comes highly recommended by a friend, don’t just take your friend’s word for it. Many legal offices offer free consultations for prospective clients. This can be a good opportunity to gauge fit and ask about fee structures or strategies. If a legal firm does not offer a free initial consultation, consider that a red flag. 

You are in control

Ultimately, you are in control when it comes to how to choose a criminal defense lawyer. You are the one doing the hiring and you should be scrupulous in finding the right fit for you. If you are ready to meet with us for a free, confidential consultation to see how we can help you win your case, contact the offices of Keren Goldenberg today. 

The Law Offices of Keren Goldenberg are conveniently located in Lowell and Belmont, Massachusetts at the following locations:

The Law Offices of Keren Goldenberg

97 Central St. #403

Lowell, MA 01852


The Law Offices of Keren Goldenberg

19A Alexander Ave.

Belmont, MA 02478