7 TIPS TO HELP IDENTIFY AND HIRE A GREAT CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
August 25 2016

Avoid the pitfalls of hiring the wrong attorney; learn how to hire a great criminal defense lawyer

Encountering the criminal justice system can be one of the most challenging and stressful periods of your life.  Selecting the right criminal defense lawyer for yourself or a friend or family member can be one of the most difficult parts of any criminal investigation, arrest or charges. Likewise, it stands out as easily the most vital. It is important that you locate a skillful and respectable lawyer whom you can trust to work with during. There are a few things to consider when searching for a lawyer.  After reading these 7 tips, you should be ready to hire a great criminal defense lawyer!

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Navigating the maze of lawyers available to hire for a criminal case can be tricky

 

 

  1. Be Cautious about “Top Search Results” and Flashy Marketing

Many internet marketing companies tell lawyers that they will “guarantee their website to be on the first page of Google.”

An internet search simply won’t do.  Lawyers today pay for something called “SEO” or Search Engine Optimization.  What SEO does is it tricks the Google ranking program, known as its algorithm, into putting their site at or near first.  It is the same as when lawyers used to name their practices AAA Legal Services just so that they could be at the front of the Yellow Pages.  Whether a lawyer’s page comes up high in a google search tells you nothing about their skill.  In fact, if they need to push their website up in search results – watch out!   They may not have the skill or reputation to get clients any other way!

Try not to be attracted by garish promoting plans or guarantees of some achievement. In fact, criminal defense lawyers are prohibited by ethics rules from guaranteeing any result.  Be suspicious of any lawyer who ensures you a particular result in a criminal case.  Consider this: In Ventura, California, if you plead guilty to a DUI, you get one of the two charges dismissed.  In fact, some lawyers advertise that they GUARANTEE they can get a charge dismissed for you.  Well of course they can!  You could get the charge dismissed by representing yourself!  Accordingly, be wary of guarantees.  A lawyer’s work and effort should speak for itself.

Be careful about lawyers who need a lot of cash in advance to handle a case just through beginning procedures.  Fees should be laid out in advance and are required to be in writing if the total value of the contract is expected to exceed $1,000.00.  A lawyer is required to give you a copy of this contract.

Don’t just use Google to search for “criminal defense lawyers” or “criminal lawyers” or “medical marijuana defense attorneys in Ventura.”  Once you find a few that you may be interested in calling, google their names separately.  Does more than their website show up?  Do you see State Bar Discipline?  Are their positive or negative reviews?  Is there even MORE advertising?

Legal cases often attract media attention.  Typically any lawyer that has practiced for a few years will have some newspaper articles about his or her cases.  Read them.  Winning or losing is not necessarily important, it is how strong the defense was.  Some cases have confessions, video evidence and strong witnesses.  So look in the article for how hard the defense fought, or if they were creative, or whether they got a good sentence for the client.

After a full internet search, you should have cut through much of the flash and are ready to dive into the substance.  You’ve now completed the first step in how to hire a great criminal defense lawyer.

 2. Specialist Agencies/Bar affiliations

First, you can look for a lawyer who practices in the particular field that you need.  There are Criminal Law Specialists, as certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization.  These lawyers have passed an additional test and have been subject to review by Judges, prosecutors, their peers and a review panel.  Often you will determine that this is the best attorney for you, as they are backed by the State Bar.

Some lawyers handle all manner of cases and only do criminal defense sometimes.  Sometimes, a lawyer will say he or she  represents criminal defendants but has not handled a criminal case in years – – or ever!

If you are accused of a wrongdoing that could end up with you having a criminal record, you require somebody who is an accomplished and legitimate master of the courtroom. There are a few ways you can start your quest for the lawyer who will best address your issues. As mentioned above, you can go to the State Bar website and search for Certified Specialists in your area.  You can also call the local bar associations and ask for referrals to trusted counsel.

Often the best way to find a lawyer is to request a referral from someone that has used one in the past and was satisfied with the work that attorney performed.

You’ve now completed the second step in how to hire a great criminal defense lawyer.

 3. Excellent Communication Skills

Developing an attorney client relationship is the most critical part of defending your case as it progresses through the court system.  This point is simple: Does your lawyer listen to you?  Did the lawyer answer all of your questions at the first meeting?  Did he or she take time to explain how legal proceedings work and what to expect when you show up for court?  Did you discuss strategy or goals?  Will you be able to speak with the attorney, and not his or her staff, when you have a question?  How long can you expect it to take for the attorney to call you back?

Did you leave the meeting feeling rushed or were you made to feel as though your case was already important to the attorney?

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Perhaps most importantly – will the attorney be in court for every one of your court dates, or will he or she send a “stand in”?  Will the attorney assign the case to a junior associate and not work on your case?

Moreover, do you feel as though the attorney can reasonably communicate your needs and wants to the prosecutor and judge?  Can he or she be forceful when needed and gentle when needed?

Does the attorney appear ethical?  Believe it or not, some attorneys ask clients to fabricate witnesses and testimony.  If a lawyer is willing to be dishonest with the court, the lawyer is willing to be dishonest with you.

You’ve now completed the third step in how to hire a great criminal defense lawyer.

 4.  The Lawyer’s Experience 

Some lawyers specialize in particular areas of criminal defense.  For example, some lawyers handle DUI cases exclusively.  This is great if you have a DUI, but isn’t helpful if you have an assault case.

Ask the lawyer who you are interviewing what their experience is.  Discuss other cases they have handled and what the results were.  Have they ever tried a murder case all the way through jury verdict?  That will tell you a lot about the lawyer’s experience right there.  When a lawyer has handled a murder case from beginning to end, that lawyer will often possess all the skills necessary to go to court on your case.

When was the last jury trial the lawyer did?  How many cases has the lawyer ever handled?  How many cases do they handle at any one time?  A lawyer that takes too many cases at any one time cannot give you enough attention.

You’ve now completed the fourth step in how to hire a great criminal defense lawyer.

  1. Potential expenses the case

The expense of a lawyer should be determined by how complex a case is. Lawyers will ordinarily request a retainer upfront.  It is important to ask what the fee covers and what it does not cover.  Most felony retainers, for example, cover the period from arraignment to a preliminary hearing and a second contract with a second retainer is often needed for the period from the preliminary hearing through trial.   Criminal case are ordinarily charged by a flat fee, meaning that there is no hourly charge.  Be careful, as some lawyers charge an initial flat fee and then try to charge an hourly fee thereafter.  This will add great expense to the case.

Some lawyers charge a fee from the beginning of the case to the beginning of trial or even through trial.  This is the standard for misdemeanor cases, but it tends to be a great bonus if you can secure that contract in a felony case.  It shows that the lawyer has a commitment to the case that will endure past the initial stages.

Perhaps the most important thing to note is this: Lawyers that advertise heavily and are much cheaper than other lawyers tend to have so many cases that they cannot spend enough time on your case, nor can they give your case the attention it deserves.  Beware of this.  In law, as in other areas, you get what you pay for.  Your criminal defense lawyer may be the most important expenditure of money you ever make.  Cutting corners on costs may cost you more in terms of your freedom than the money savings is worth.

You’ve now completed the first step in how to hire a great criminal defense lawyer.

  1. The Consultation Process

It is best to have a face to face meeting to figure out whether you feel comfortable with the lawyer. Meet the legal counselor and see if you can trust in his or her abilities.  Ask about a plan for your case.  Discuss your goals.  It is always wise to meet with more than one lawyer to ensure you are selecting the best one for you.

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One thing that is important to look out for is a lawyer that oversells himself or herself.  Some lawyers claim to be ex-District Attorneys and profess to have a special relationship with the prosecution.  First, this implies that special “favors” are done behind the scenes.  This simply isn’t the case.  Moreover, it is a direct statement that prosecutors are “crooked.”  They can lost their jobs by doing “favors” for lawyers.  Simply put, no one gets special treatment simply because of an out of court friendship with a prosecutor.

Worse yet, some lawyers claim that because they know the judges that they will get you a special deal.  Once again, this implies that judges are “crooked” and that they are willing to risk their careers to do a favor on every case just because they know  an attorney.  That simply isn’t the case.

Additionally, once a lawyer has been around a courthouse long enough, they know all the judges and prosecutors anyway.  The idea that judges would do one person a favor isn’t well taken in that if judges and prosecutors do a favor for one person they are likely to do it for everyone they have come to know well over the years.  Accordingly, taking this to its logical conclusion, judges and prosecutors would be doing favors on every case for everyone that they are friends with.  That is a ridiculous idea.  It simply isn’t true.

Beware of someone that claims that they will get special favors.

Another thing to consider is that ex-prosecutors used to try to lock defendants up.  Lawyers that have been defense attorneys their whole careers have never worked to incarcerate individuals accused of crimes. Why would you hire someone who at one time worked hard to jail someone for the very crime for which you or your loved one is now being accused? Is that person one who believes in you and your case? Do they truly care about your rights? Did they care about them when they used to tell the judge to lock someone just like you up?

You’ve now completed the sixth step in how to hire a great criminal defense lawyer.

  1. Make sure to impart your data to Lawyer

Once you tell your lawyer what you believe the facts are in your particular case, ask the lawyer how he or she would approach your case.  Together, you should try to find out as much information as you can to gain the best result.  This will often mean gathering witnesses and documents, as well as other data.  Is your lawyer familiar with changing technology?  Many cases today can be won by using computers and technology to prove a defendant not guilty of a crime.  Using technology is often part of developing a creative defense that may win your case.

The more data you can offer a criminal defense attorney, the more precisely the legal counselor can offer to speak to you.

In a nutshell it is safe to say make an effort not to rush the choice of a lawyer. Find the best attorney you can.  Give yourself an opportunity to think about your choices. You ought to feel comfortable with the lawyer’s experience, reputation and your ability to communicate with him or her. That way you can be confident that your lawyer can get you the best result for your case.

 

 

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About The Author

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and travel. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of bringing her enthusiastic audiences. Lately she has been working with Dubai law firms where she expresses her opinions in an unhesitating, engaging manner for all types of legal matters about Law Firms in Dubai like AlHanaee, for example.  This is her first foray into blogging about American lawyers, and she has partnered with Jay Leiderman Law to bring the reader helpful information about how to select the right criminal lawyer.

 

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  31. Jay, I really like that you mention choosing someone with “excellent communication skills.” You make a good point about how the attorney-client relationship is the most crucial part of defending your case. Since criminal cases usually take time, I would want to make sure I hire someone I cam comfortable around and can get along with. My sister was recently arrested, so I will have to remind her to choose an attorney who she can feel comfortable with.

  32. I appreciate what you said about searching for any news articles and reports about the past cases a criminal defense attorney has defended in order to see how strong their defense was. I’ve never thought of that before! I’ve heard that it’s impossible for defense attorneys to have a 100% win rate, is that true? Thanks for the tips! I’ll be using them the next time I’m in need of a defense attorney.

  33. I really liked your advice to consider the lawyer’s experience. There are a lot of people that don’t understand how someone’s experience can make a difference when it comes to a case. Do you have any other tips about finding a good lawyer for a criminal defense case? I’m really trying to find a good one for my case, but I don’t know where to begin my search.

  34. Tip number 4 is by far the most important. A lawyers experience in the court room is the key to wiining a case. My go-to firm is Schiller and Pittenger. They have loads of experience and serve all over New Jersey and New York.

  35. My sister is going to trial soon and our biggest concern is hiring a lawyer that can help her get the best possible outcome. I like how you suggest to find an attorney that has excellent communication skills. I know my sister is nervous about going to trial and having a lawyer that can let her know what’s going on and can answer all her questions will help her feel calm going into the trial.

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  40. It’s interesting how you point out that developing an attorney client relationship is the most critical part of defending your case as it progresses through a court system. I would imagine that talking to an attorney at length before you hire them would help you figure out if you could form a good relationship with them. My little brother is looking for a criminal defense attorney because he got himself into some trouble, so I’ll have to pass this along to him.

  41. You also mention to not be attracted to the promotions or guarantees that you might come across for a criminal attorney and do your own research. You also mention choosing a lawyer that practices in the particular field that you need. I think it’s a good idea to choose a criminal lawyer that you feel comfortable around so that you can open up to them and get the best outcome possible.

  42. Communication skills really are such a big deal when it comes to hiring a criminal defense attorney — I agree with you on that! If you can find an attorney that listens to you and tries to find solutions based off of your needs, you will be much better off in the long run. My older brother is looking for a criminal defense lawyer, right now. I’ll have to help him find one that communicates with him well.

  43. Very useful article. I didn’t realize that I should be cautious of hiring a lawyer that will need a lot of money in advance. I can see why this would be something to watch out for. I think that someone wouldn’t know how much time the case will take. So, they wouldn’t know how much they’ll need to be paid.

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  46. I agree that a good defense attorney will have good communications skills. I would imagine that finding someone who will clearly explain your case would be really important. This would probably also mean that you could find someone who is able to provide you with a faulty service.

  47. A friend of mine recently got a DUI. I didn’t realize that it is a good idea to ask the lawyer you want to hire how he or she would approach your case, I can see why this would define the good lawyer for you. I will make sure my friend knows this so h can find a good lawyer.

  48. This is some really good information about criminal defense lawyers. It does seem like a good idea to do good research and not just go with the first lawyer on a google search. It might also help you find a lawyer who fits better with you.

  49. It makes sense that you would want to get a good lawyer. This is especially true if you got pulled over for something like DUI. It’s important to ensure that your sentence isn’t too punishing!

  50. I appreciate the tips on hiring a good criminal defense lawyer. I agree that you have to be cautious about hiring just the top search results when you google it, just because they are at the top it doesn’t mean they are automatically the best. My good friend got a DUI and is looking for an attorney, I will be sure to share this with him.

  51. I agree that when you are looking for a DUI lawyer you would need someone with excellent communication skills. I would imagine that this would allow you to be able to discuss your case clearly and allow you to get good results. My sister in law is looking for a defense lawyer so she’ll have to remember to pick one with good communication skills.

  52. I’m so glad you talked about communication skills. I guess I never realized just how important the lawyer-client relationship is, but you helped me see that it is a must. Open communication is better for everyone. You must know what is going on with your case, and your lawyer has to know the details of what happened. I’ll have to help my sister find a lawyer that is good at communicating with her — she is not so good at doing it on her own.

  53. I agree that a lawyer’s experience should influence your decision when hiring defense counsel. I would imagine that it would be important to find someone who is experienced in criminal defense cases to represent you. My sister is in some legal trouble so when she finds a defense lawyer she’ll have to find someone who is very experienced to represent her.

  54. I agree that when it comes to getting referrals it ios best to ask someone who has gone through the same process you are facing. I can see how this would not only help you get a good lawyer but it would also help the lawyer get more people to help. I would want to have a couple of options and then pick the best lawyer to help me with my case.

  55. That’s very interesting that some attorneys will ask clients to fabricate witnesses and testimony. I’ve heard that the best attorneys, however, are dedicated to telling the truth and being honest with you and with the court. I’ll have to keep this information in mind if I ever need to hire a criminal defense attorney.

  56. Nice piece of valuable information here. Thank you for sharing. Just to add up, word-of-mouth referrals are not a lost way to find an attorney. Speak to your Facebook friends, business acquaintances, and family to see if anyone has been represented by a lawyer who works in personal Injury law. You may be surprised at the amount of referrals you get.

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  57. My sister needs to get an attorney to help her in a DUI case. Getting an attorney that is experienced and specializes in a particular area is a smart idea so that you can get the best help possible. My suggestion would be to get an attorney that you are comfortable with and like, so that you are more likely to trust them and follow their advice.

  58. Thanks for the information about criminal defense lawyers. I like how you pointed out that excellent communication skills are a must. If I were working with a lawyer, I would want them to listen to me, no matter what.

  59. Thank you for all this great information about choosing a criminal defense attorney. One thing that really stood out to me is that you say to ask the lawyer about their experience. It would be nice to know that they have worked with others that have had similar cases to your own.

  60. Love your list. I’d say that it’s definitely true to avoid an attorney who tries to tell you he can buy you the moon and more, etc. You want someone who will give you the lowdown on what you can really expect from your case.

  61. I agree that it’s important that you find a criminal defense lawyer that has great communication skills. This is important not only for the case, but for you to feel like you can trust your lawyer. You should feel like you can communicate your concerns and expectations clearly which helps both you and your lawyer.

  62. I like your tip to have a face to face meeting. That way you can see first hand what lawyer can do for you. My friend is getting a DUI and I’ll be sure to tell him to look for a lawyer.

  63. I believe finding a lawyer that has great communication skills is very important to consider when hiring a lawyer. You should want a lawyer that is able to explain how the legal process works for your particular case. If such a serious situation as a criminal court case, you should feel comfortable with what’s going around you, and hiring a well communicating lawyer will do that.

  64. This was an awesome and helpful article.Thank you very much to everyone who contributed their advice and knowledge.

  65. Jason Scott “Jay” Leiderman[citation needed] (born April 12, 1971)[1] is an American criminal defense lawyer based in Ventura, California. The Atlantic Magazine called Leiderman the “Hacktivist’s Advocate”[2] for his work defending hacker-activists accused of computer crimes, or so-called (“Hacktivism”)[3] especially people associated with Anonymous.

  66. Leiderman “keeps an encrypted chat app open at all times so he can dispense ad hoc pro bono legal advice to members of Anonymous” [1] Buzzfeed called Leiderman “The Maserati-Driving Deadhead Lawyer Who Stands Between Hackers And Prison” and stated he was “A medical marijuana and criminal defense lawyer from Southern California [who] has made himself into the country’s leading defender of hackers.”

  67. He was named to the top 100 criminal defense lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers [11] and the top 10% of criminal defense lawyers in the US by Lawyers of Distinction

  68. “Leiderman spends much of his time defending the kinds of clients Matlock might turn down on a good day and keeping Ventura’s marijuana professionals out of trouble.”

  69. Other noteworthy cases Leiderman defended include People v. Diaz, which went to the California Supreme Court and made law on the ability of police to search a cell phone,

  70. Louis Gonzalez, who was falsely accused of rape, attempted murder and torture by the mother of his child[17] and was jailed for 83 days before he was released and ultimately found factually innocent,

  71. Leiderman did the Andrew Luster or so-called Max Factor heir habeas corpus proceeding, wherein his sentence was reduced by 74 years

  72. Leiderman was lead attorney in the first-ever trial of medical marijuana defendants in San Luis Obispo County, California County. THe trial took three weeks, the not guilty verdicts too less than three hours.

  73. Leiderman represented the lead defendant in Ventura County, California’s first concentrated Mexican Mafia prosecution

  74. Leiderman was the lead trial attorney for Jonathan Koppenhaver, also known as War Machine (mixed martial artist) Koppenhaver was accused of savagely beating and raping his girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack.

  75. “Within a year at the [Ventura County Public Defender’s Office], Leiderman had graduated from misdemeanors to murders and three-strike cases. He sought out a series of cases defending the homeless, successfully challenging an open-container law that was frequently used to round up Ventura’s large indigent population and getting a raft of misdemeanor illegal camping charges — also used as a weapon against the homeless — thrown out so decisively it led to an internal city review.

  76. “It pissed me off, it was a horrific injustice, and it was the right thing to do,” Leiderman said.”

  77. “Leiderman’s years at the VCPDO coincided with the passage of California’s medical marijuana statute, and the young lawyer started taking possession for sales and illegal cultivation cases. By the time he opened a private practice, in 2007, Leiderman had become something of an expert in state and county compliance laws. In addition to defending clients from marijuana-related criminal charges, Leiderman also advises medical marijuana collectives, teaching them the law, writing up their contracts and articles of association, and waiting on retainer for run-ins with the police.”

  78. Leiderman co-authored a book on the legal defense of California medical marijuana crimes, which was published by NORML, the National Organization For the Reform of Marijuana Laws[27] Leiderman has “some pretty deep connections with Ventura County’s medicinal cannabis community”

  79. Leiderman is also a founding member of the Whistleblower’s Defense League,[28] “formed to combat what they describe as the FBI and Justice Department’s use of harassment and over-prosecution to chill and silence those who engage in journalism, Internet activism or dissent.”

  80. Leiderman used the phrase “tin foil as reality” when describing the ever encroaching surveillance state.

  81. Leiderman’s “two most salient features, extremely blue eyes and extremely shrewd eyebrows, in combination with his cherubic face, gave Leiderman the aspect of a man perpetually on the verge of a wonderful prank.”

  82. Leiderman is a fan of the Grateful Dead and Punk Rock. He has seen the Grateful Dead 164 times [prior to Jerry Garcia’s death].

  83. Per Tor Ekeland, another prominent hacker attorney and sometimes co-counsel to Leiderman, Leiderman is “a “street-smart trial lawyer” who was “extraordinarily quick on his feet.”

  84. “Leiderman is very much a defense attorney’s defense attorney. “It is my duty under the constitution to represent these clients,” he wrote in an email. He has even, with some acrobatics, figured out a way to fold these cases into his civil libertarian worldview.

  85. “I am what stands between the police state and the tyranny of ever encroaching government. If we abandon the ugliest of the cases, before we know it we’re back to sending people to prison for a joint.”

  86. Leiderman graduated from the University of Michigan in 1993 and University of San Francisco School of Law in 1999.

  87. “He showed up for classes at the University of San Francisco Law School … with hair halfway down his back, and left in 1999 as the class president. He applied to public defender jobs around the country, and picked Ventura because of the weather.”

  88. “Meet The Maserati-Driving Deadhead Lawyer Who Stands Between Hackers And Prison”. Retrieved 11 December 2016.

  89. Allnutt, Luke. “Hacktivist’s Advocate: Meet the Lawyer Who Defends Anonymous”. Retrieved 11 December 2016.

  90. ‘Homeless Hacker’ Lawyer: DDoS Isn’t An Attack, It’s A Digital Sit In, Talking Points Memo (TPM) 28 September 2011

  91. A doctor and a lawyer are talking at a party. Their conversation is constantly interrupted by people describing their ailments and asking the doctor for free medical advice. After an hour of this, the exasperated doctor asks the lawyer, “What do you do to stop people from asking you for legal advice when you’re out of the office?” “I give it to them,” replies the lawyer, “and then I send them a bill.” The doctor is shocked, but agrees to give it a try. The next day, still feeling slightly guilty, the doctor prepares the bills. When he goes to place them in his mailbox, he finds a bill from the lawyer.

  92. A lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a sheriff. He thinks he’s smarter being a big shot lawyer from New York and has a better education than an sheriff from West Virginia. The sheriff asks for license and registration. The lawyer asks, “What for?” The sheriff responds, “You didn’t come to a complete stop at the stop sign.” The lawyer says, “I slowed down and no one was coming.” “You still didn’t come to a complete stop. License and registration please,” say the sheriff impatiently. The lawyer says, “If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, I’ll give you my license and registration and you can give me the ticket. If not, you let me go and don’t give me the ticket.” The sheriff says, “That sounds fair, please exit your vehicle.” The lawyer steps out and the sheriff takes out his nightstick and starts beating the lawyer with it. The sheriff says, “Do you want me to stop or just slow down?”

  93. Lawyer’s speech was moving into its 3rd hour. The he suddenly finished talking, looked at the judge, and said: “One of the jurors is asleep.” The judge replied: “You put him to sleep, you wake him up.”

  94. Two armed robbers tried to rob a lawyer’s club, but the lawyers put up such a fight the robbers had to flee. Once they made their getaway, they counted their loot. “There are good news and bad news.” said one robber to the other. “What you mean?” asked the other robber. “Well, the good news is we got away with 60 dollars. The bad news is, uh, we went there with 300 dollars. The lawyers have apparently robbed us.”

  95. Having an attorney that specializes in your field of need is critical. This can alter the outcome of your case so it pays to hire the right attorney from the start. The relationships and reputations that these attorneys have with other attorneys and the courts are extremely valuable.

  96. The devil visited a lawyer’s office and made him an offer. “I can arrange some things for you, ” the devil said. “I’ll increase your income five-fold. Your partners will love you; your clients will respect you; you’ll have four months of vacation each year and live to be a hundred. All I require in return is that your wife’s soul, your children’s souls, and their children’s souls rot in hell for eternity.” The lawyer thought for a moment. “What’s the catch?” he asked.

  97. Shakespeare (“let’s kill all the lawyers”) is generally misunderstood as having advocated killing all the lawyers. In fact, the quotation comes from the play The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth. The play describes a scheme to overthrow the government, supported by irresponsible promises of free food and drink, plentiful beer, and the abolition of money. It is in this context that Dick the Butcher suggests killing all the lawyers.

  98. Question: What’s the difference between a dead skunk on the road and a dead lawyer?
    Answer: There are skid marks in front of the skunk.

  99. A busload of lawyers going to a legal convention careened off a cliff the other day, killing all occupants. It was a terrible tragedy. There were three empty seats!

  100. Two lawyers are on a commercial flight to San Francisco when the stewardess, in a panicked voice, announces that the pilot has passed out and asks whether any of the passengers can fly. The lawyers, both of whom have their pilot’s license, rush to the cockpit.

    George takes over the controls and heads towards the nearest airport. He brings the airplane to a screeching halt, almost going over the end of the runway. “That is the shortest runway I’ve ever seen!” he shouts to Bernie. “It can’t be more than a hundred feet long!”

    “Yeah,” Bernie answers, “but it must be at least a mile wide!”

  101. Thanks to progress in medical technology, it has become possible to buy brain material from people who have died. Jane, who was born with less than her fair share of cerebral matter, enters a brain shop and inquires about prices.

    “Well,” the shopkeeper replies, “you can purchase doctors’ brains for $100 an ounce, and Ph.D.s go for $200 per ounce. Then, I’ve got lawyers’ brains for $10,000 per ounce.”

    “Ten thousand dollars per ounce!” Jane exclaimed. “Why are lawyer’s brains so expensive?”

    “Do you have any idea how many lawyers have to die before I can harvest just one ounce of brains?” the shopkeeper responded.

  102. A blind snake meets a blind rabbit. To figure out what kind of creature it has come across, the snake coils itself around the rabbit. “You’re warm and fluffy, you have long ears, strong hind legs and a cold, twitching nose. You must be a bunny rabbit!”

    “Right,” says the rabbit. “Now let me try to feel what you are.” The rabbit cuddles up next to the snake. “You’re cold, you’re slimy, and you have a forked tongue,” the rabbit says. “You must be a lawyer!”

  103. lawyers are too expensive
    they are greedy
    they are not honest
    there are too many lawyers
    lawyers are self-serving, don’t care about clients

  104. A lawyer’s VCR breaks down one day, so she calls a repair service. Within ten or fifteen minutes the repairman has the machine working again, and hands the lawyer a bill for $250.
    That works out to $1000 per hour,” the lawyer protests. “My hourly rate is high, but nothing like that!”

    “Neither was mine when I practiced law!”

  105. After a nasty divorce case, the judge came down strongly in favor of Mrs. Smith. “This court orders that you shall be awarded $2000 per month in alimony,” the judge solemnly intoned.

    “That’s very nice of you, Your Honor,” Mr. Smith remarked. “I’ll try to chip in a few dollars now and then myself.”

  106. A man walks into a bar. He sees a beautiful, well-dressed woman sitting on a bar stool alone. He walks up to her and says, “Hi there, how’s it going tonight?”
    She turns to him, looks him straight in the eyes and says, “I’ll screw anybody any time, any where, any place, it doesn’t matter to me.”
    The guy raises his eyebrows and says, “No kidding? What law firm do you work for?”

  107. The District Attorney was approaching the Suwanee River when he noticed a sign, “Caribbean Cruise–$99.00”. He stopped and bought a ticket, whereupon the salesman hit him on the head, wrapped him in a rug and threw him in the river.
    The Public Defender noticed the same sign. He too bought a ticket, got hit on the head, wrapped in a rug and tossed in the river.
    The Public Defender awoke and called out to the State’s Attorney, “Do they serve drinks on this cruise?”
    The District Attorney replied, “They didn’t last year!”

  108. I thought the suggestion to hire a lawyer based off their experience was a good one. It states that you should ask a lawyer during an interview what type of experience they have so you can determine whether or not they are qualified to take on your case. I think another good way to go about doing this is to talk to people who have faced cases similar to your own and ask them for referrals of a good criminal defense attorney they would trust.

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