Petersen Johnson

How To Choose the Right Criminal Defense Attorney

No one is prepared to get arrested. No one is financially prepared to hire a lawyer. But, your life and freedom could be at stake. You need someone you can trust to represent your rights in court.

Choosing the right criminal defense attorney could be the most important decision you ever make. You need to take into account several areas of concern including:

Experience
Past Results
Fee Structure
Negotiation Skills

At Petersen Johnson, we treat every person differently, as each case has special needs and unique situations. Our criminal defense attorney will research, investigate and review every case personally. We will evaluate your case and defend it in every possible way. However, keep in mind that we will first attempt to settle your case.

A resolution or settlement is the result of what is commonly known as “plea bargaining.” People enter into a plea bargain for many reasons. It is not always because they are guilty. Often times a person wants the case to simply “go away” as quickly as possible and as painlessly as possible. Other times, a person is accused of many charges and enters into a settlement so that many of the charges are dropped in exchange for accepting responsibility for one.

Most people want their case settled and most cases can be settled. Consider settling when you can settle your case in a manner acceptable to you before taking on a costly trial.

If your case cannot be settled or you are not satisfied with the proposed settlement, you can decide to proceed to trial. In most cases a flat fee is charged. This means you will not be charged on an hourly basis. You will also know the exact fee for each portion of your criminal case. If your case requires legal services beyond the initial settlement fee, then you will be quoted additional fees for those services up-front.