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Is It Worth It to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

Kevin Phelps Sept. 8, 2022

Facing criminal charges can be stressful for anyone. This is especially true if it is the first time someone has been charged with a crime. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, consider hiring a criminal defense attorney to improve you or your loved one’s chances of having a successful court hearing. 


Before deciding whether or not to hire a criminal defense attorney, you should make sure that you have the budget for it. Criminal defense attorneys are often very experienced and knowledgeable, meaning that they are able to aid you in court. However, their time and expertise does not come for free. After deciding what your budget is and researching different local criminal defense attorneys, you can consult with one or a few to see what kinds of rates they offer. It is best to get several quotes before selecting an attorney to represent you.   

Possible Fines

When facing criminal charges, there are likely fines associated with those charges. And while hiring a criminal defense attorney does come at a cost, it can often mean the difference between properly defending your case in court or not–which directly determines how many fines you have to pay. Therefore, hiring a criminal defense attorney could actually save you money overall by mitigating potential fines.

What a Criminal Defense Attorney Does

A great criminal defense attorney has attended a prestigious law school and is very knowledgeable in regard to the law. They know a lot more than the average person concerning the charges you are facing and how to present your case in court. Because they have so much experience in court, they are able to explain your side of the case succinctly and convincingly. Instead of a defendant having to talk for themselves, a criminal defense attorney handles the entirety of the defense. Besides being a great support for nervous and inexperienced defendants, criminal defense attorneys also do their best to prevent their defendants from receiving unjust or unfair judgments.

Having a criminal defense attorney does not change the fact that a defendant must show up in court. It also doesn’t change the circumstances that led up to any charges being pressed. However, hiring a criminal defense attorney more often than not greatly affects the outcome of such cases. Given the expertise and knowledge that a criminal defense attorney brings to a case, a defendant who hires one tends to procure a more desirable outcome.

Nervous about going to court? Reach out to Dave Clark Law here today to speak with a defense attorney who cares!