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How do you know which gun defense attorney is best?

What kind of things should I ask attorneys when interviewing them. I want to take this very seriously. My son's future is in their hands. He's got a gun charge and is in juve jail right now. I don't just want to public defender. He is a good kid and is probably going to get into college.

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    Sally Hamblin | Hamblin Law Office
    4015 W. Houghton Lake Drive
    Houghton Lake, MI 48629
    (228) 224-7120
    Generally, an attorney that handles criminal cases. That is familiar with juvenile law. If first and only arrest, argue for lesser offense or depending on facts of case dismissal.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 3/2/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    Does the person seem to know what he or she is talking about.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 2/28/2013
    John J. Carney | The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
    401 East 34th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    (917) 696-2363
    You should Google lawyers and check Avvo and Law QA for criminal lawyers in your area. Search or "criminal lawyer" and look at their websites. You should see if they specialize in only criminal cases, have at least 20 years experience, offer a free consultation, and have good reviews on Avvo and Google. Then you meet with your top 5 choices and ask for a "flat rate fee" if possible. You should ask howe many gun cases they have handled in the last year and if they have tried them before. Never retain a lawyer who has not handled many cases like the one you have and taken several to trial as theat is a sign hey do not practice a lot of felony level criminal law cases. Most people are very unsophisticated and never research lawyers, ask questions, or check Avvo to see that htey have no disciplinary record or history of misconduct. If he is between an 8.0 and 10.0 "superb" or "excellent" rating on Avvo and you see that he does at least 50% criminal law cases on his profile hen he is probably a very good criminal lawyer. Most people just ask a lawyer how much he charges and hire the least expensive one which is a very poor way to pick a stock, a doctor, or a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 2/28/2013
    Timothy J. Thill | Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    261 E. Quincy ST
    Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 443-1200
    Check with friends who have used his services, or consult the local bar association who may be able to recommend a really good defense lawyer. Really, it is difficult to know for sure who is best for your purposes, but be prepared to pay top dollar for top representation.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 2/27/2013
    Phil Hache | Law Offices of Phil Hache
    15303 Ventura Blvd., 9th Floor, Suite 900
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    (818) 336-1384
    You should speak to a couple criminal defense attorneys in your area. Ask them questions about how they would handle the case, and get an idea about them personally. Are they going to handle your case directly or pawn it off to another attorney that you never met before. That is always a good start.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 2/27/2013
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