How to Choose the Right Criminal Defense Lawyer

Choosing the Right Lawyer for Your Case

I often have friends and family members ask me what they should look for when choosing an attorney to represent them in a given field. For purposes of this post, I discuss how to choose the right criminal defense lawyer to ensure you get the best possible representation on your case. It is important to understand that not all criminal defense attorneys in Utah are capable of defending every client for every case. Therefore, randomly picking a Utah criminal defense lawyer out of the phone book or from a billboard may not be the best method to find competent counsel for your case. Here are few suggestions to help you pick the right attorney:


One of the best ways to help you find an experienced and capable attorney is to ask for a referral from someone you trust. For instance, if you have been charged with a DUI and a friend of yours was charged with a DUI, and he had a successful resolution to his case, it makes sense to ask him about hisattorney and whether or not he would recommend that attorney. Additionally, many individuals know at least one lawyer, or know someone who knows a lawyer, who they can ask for a referral from. Lawyers themselves often make the best referral sources since they are connected to the profession and know other attorneys they trust and referr to their own family and friends. At Salcido Law Firm, most of our cases our referred to us by past clients and fellow attorneys who have seen our success first hand. We welcome referrals from clients, attorneys, and friends. If you have been referred to us by a friend, family member, past client, or attorney, we are anxious to speak with you about your case.

Criminal Defense Experience

When searching for a criminal defense attorney to defend you in your criminal matter, makes sure you research your attorney’s experience. Ask questions about  similar cases the attorney handled. Experience is one of the most important factors related to your lawyers ability to properly represent you in your case. At Salcido Law Firm, our lawyers have vast experience in the field of criminal defense. Our attorneys past experience include former prosectors, former policeman, former experience in the public defenders office, and numerous past cases in such fields as DUI, Drug Charges, Domestic Violence, Assault, Theft, Felony Charges, and more.


You need to hire an attorney you can afford. The best attorney for your case is not always the most esxpensive or the least expensive. I would not recommend going the most expensive attorney or the cheapest. Just because a lawyer charges a high hourly rate, doesn’t mean he is the best attorney in the state. On the other hand, I would be very skeptical of any attorney who charges far less than the going rate. The attorney’s fee is an important consideration for almost anyone who hires a lawyer. You should not have to file for bankruptcy after hiring a criminal defense lawyer. Make sure you understand your attorneys fee structure and have a good sense of how much your defense is going to be at the end of the day. At our law firm, we offer flexible payment options and payment plans. Call us today to find out more.

Be Comfortable and in Control

Finally, it is important that you feel comfortable with your choice. Meet with your lawyer and makes sure you feel comfortable with the way he discusses your case and the game plan he comes up with. Additionally, you need to be in control of your case. Try to avoid attorneys who pressure you into making decisions you are not comfortable with. A good lawyer will properly advise you but will ultimately not make major decisions on your case that you do not agree with. We understand that it is your rights and liberties on the line. We work with our clients to establish a professional and comfortable attorney-client relationship.

Salcido Law Firm – The Best Choice for Your Case

We have defended numerous individuals faced with criminal charges in Utah. We are confident in are experience and ability to help our clients find success through these difficult times. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in Utah, we can help. We offer free consultations. Call us today at 801.618.1334.

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