CLEARWATER CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
WHAT QUALITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS SHOULD YOUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY POSSESS
Finding the best attorney to defend your rights is the first important decision you’ll initially make. Here are the most significant qualities and qualifications I would seek in a criminal law attorney:
DOES THE ATTORNEY CHARGE A FAIR FEE FOR HIS SERVICES?
The Tampa Criminal Defense Law firm you hire should have fair fees which he describes in writing up front without hidden charges. If the lawyer isn’t being fair, honest and accurate with you as to what he is going to charge you, how can you trust anything else he tells you?
How much does it cost to hire Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorney Robert Hambrick? Because your initial consultation with Robert is free, there’s no risk in calling Robert to discuss your case. Should you decide to hire Robert, you’ll find that his fee is fair and reasonable without the need of an accounting degree to understand. His legal fees vary based on the amount of work involved, the complexity of the case and whether the case is resolved by dismissal of criminal charges, a change of plea or a trial by jury. Robert will work with you on making a fair payment plan if you need time.
WHAT ARE THE ETHICAL STANDARDS OF THE ATTORNEY?
Has the lawyer ever had a Florida Bar Complaint filed against him by a client? Often the complaints are unresolved fee issues, which occur when attorneys add unexpected fees, make false promises or fail to perform services in a satisfactory manner. If he has mistreated or had ‘misunderstandings’ with his other clients isn’t it reasonable to assume he may with you?
Ask the lawyer if The Florida Bar which regulates Florida attorney misconduct has ever received any filed greivences against the attorney. Ask if at any time during his practice of law any clients, lawyers or judges have ever complained about the attorney to the Florida Bar. If so, then the attorney should explain to you in detail exactly what happened and why it may not happen again in your case.
Robert Hambrick is proud that he has never had any complaints, not one complaint from any of the hundreds of clients, attorneys and judges he has dealt with in nearly thirty years of practicing law.
DOES THE ATTORNEY EXCLUSIVELY HANDLE CRIMINAL LAW CASES?
The criminal law in Florida is very complex with new laws constantly being added to the books even while courts reinterpret the older laws already on the books based on changing facts and changing notions of justice. You want your attorney to have a complete understanding and knowledge not only of new laws but of how the Courts are using new facts to interpret laws, because the attorneys who anticipate future changes in the law are the ones who persuade judges to change unjust applications of laws as unconstitutional.
One way to assure yourself of your lawyer’s knowledge is to read his blog which will take you directly into your attorney’s mind. Robert Hambrick’s blog is read not only by his clients, but by other attorneys who seek advice or need information on important new changes in the law.
DOES THE ATTORNEY KNOW THE TAMPA BAY CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM?
You want to find a crime lawyer with many years of experience who knows the Tampa Bay Criminal Justice System, who has had many criminal trials, an excellent seasoned advocate who has dealt with many different Tampa Bay judges and prosecutors, who knows the reputations of each Tampa Bay law enforcement agency and the officers themselves, who has seen every charged Pinellas and Hillsborough offense and dealt with many different cases, varieties of evidence, expert witnesses gaining more knowledge with every case handled, a strategic minded lawyer who knows the local system and the best possible solutions for your Tampa Bay case as Robert Hambrick does.
HAS THE ATTORNEY HANDLED COMPLEX CRIMINAL CASES IN TAMPA BAY?
Many lawyers make money by having their clients plead guilty in every case thereby reducing the amount of time spent with the client, the time completing proper discovery of incriminating evidence and doing aggressive investigations for the client’s defense — no need to even find every fact of the case that helps the client, no need to write lengthy motions to have the criminal charges dismissed because of police misbehavior, improper evidence gathering, misconduct by the prosecutor or jurisdictional issues. Ask every potential lawyer this: when was the last time you had a criminal trial and what was the verdict. Lawyers who have gone to trial with important difficult cases gain respect from prosecutors, judges and the legal community; this respect translates into significant tactical advantages in dealing within the system for better plea agreements, because if every case was taken to trial the system would fail. Therefore, you want to find an excellent criminal attorney with a reputation for going to trial to defend you even if you have no plans to go to trial in your particular case, because any offers for a plea are apt to be better if your Tampa criminal defense attorney has proven skill and excellence at trial.
WHAT IS THE EDUCATION OF THE ATTORNEY?
Where did the attorney attend Law School? Did the attorney attend a nationally ranked and recognized University? Robert Hambrick graduated from Emory University Law School, with a focus on litigation. Emory produces graduates with highly regarded trial skills and is noted as one of the best Law Schools in the South as well as one of the most prestigious and rigorous academic universities in the United States. Your life, your future, your livelihood — Isn’t finding the best educated Attorney the best asset you can have in your defense?
DOES THE LAWYER BELIEVE IN WHAT HE IS DOING – DOES HE BELIEVE IN SEEKING JUSTICE?
Find a criminal lawyer who enjoys his work because he believes in what he is doing wanting to make a real difference in people’s lives by defending them from the over reach of law enforcement, improper investigations, misguided prosecutions, unjust laws and unjust application of laws. Find an attorney who believes that the legal system all too often has unjust results. Find an attorney who strives for Justice. Find a hard working lawyer who cares enough about you to do his best to help you, guiding you confidently thru the criminal justice system understanding that you are not just another case, but a person, someone who needs his full attention, understanding and help who will stand up for your rights and never stop fighting for you.