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How To Find The Best Criminal Defense Attorney
How to find the best criminal defense attorney - Law Office of Tom R. Medrano - Pasadena, California

How do I intelligently find the best criminal attorney who is right for me and my criminal court cases?

In a Southern California city such as El Monte, Glendale, or Pasadena, criminal attorneys are a dime a dozen. But how do you find the best criminal attorney out of the many top criminal lawyers in California? Which criminal attorney in Pasadena is highly knowledgeable in DUI/DWI law, felony law, juvenile law, or domestic violence law? A person looking to hire a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney has to ask himself/herself these questions! People are surprised to learn that many of my clients are first time offenders, who because of suspicious circumstances are arrested and charged with a crime. Sound familiar?

Many of my clients are word of mouth referrals, referred by friends, family or their lawyer. Being referred is the first step, but how do I, as a prospective client, know if this criminal defence attorney is best for me? My administrative assistant, Edna, is the first person who has contact with a prospective client.  Edna  is often asked if the criminal defense lawyer has any experience handling criminal court cases exactly like theirs’ and what is my success rate? Often the client will directly ask me those same question.

Those are great questions that need to be honestly answered. But how do you know if your criminal defense attorney is honestly telling you the truth? “Buyer beware” – there are a lot of attorneys out there who will exaggerate the truth when it comes to their qualifications and experience - my investigator, refers to this puff as the attorney “selling wolf tickets”.

To help you find a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who is right for you and your criminal court case, here are five simple steps to help you choose a top criminal defense attorney.

How to find a criminal attorney in Los Angeles

  1. Know the crime you have been charged with. Ask friends and family for referrals to criminal attorneys. Word of mouth is a very good way to find an attorney that’s right for you. You will feel more confident hiring a criminal defense lawyer who was recommended by someone you trust.
  2. Go online to expand your list. A good site to find good criminal attorneys is Simply type in the area of law and location to pinpoint your search. For example, "Pasadena criminal attorney", or to be even more precise, "DUI attorney Pasadena".
  3. Research the list of lawyers you’ve gathered. Find out how long they have been practicing criminal law (general rule of thumb is at least 15 years), how many criminal court cases they have won/lost. In California, you can look up an attorney’s undergraduate and law school schooling and how long they have been admitted to the bar at The State Bar of California website. Most importantly, check whether the lawyer has an AV Peer Review Rating on Martindale Hubbell. This rating is a recognition of the attorney’s legal competence and adherence to the highest level of professional ethics as judged by other lawyers and judges. An AV Preeminent Rating is the highest possible rating an attorney can obtain. Less than 1% of all attorneys in California have this rating. It is a testament to their professional ability and ethics.
  4. Ask the lawyer about the fees. Depending on the attorney, fees can vary greatly from $100/hour to over $750/hour. Get his/her fee schedules up front to know exactly what you will be paying. Never agree to work with an attorney that charges a percentage of the total settlement he/she gets for you. It is unethical for him/her to do so.
  5. Meet with the lawyer in person. But before meeting, make sure you find out whether there is an initial consultation fee. Ask as many questions that pertain to your criminal case as possible. Get an overall sense of how comfortable you feel and whether or not he/she is competent enough to represent you in the court of law. Does the attorney ask relevant, intelligent questions? Will he/she handle the case or let junior associates do the work?

To hire the best criminal defense attorney in Pasadena, ask to see their track record in writing and then go to the court and check them out!!!!!

While all criminal cases are different and no criminal law attorney can honestly guarantee a particular result in any case – I and my defense team can guarantee our best efforts in handling your particular case to the best of our ability – and that’s no wolf ticket!


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