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How to Find a Good Criminal Defense Attorney

How to Find a Good Criminal Defense Attorney.How to Find a Good Criminal Defense Attorney.

Finding the Right Criminal Defense Attorney for Your Case

Have you or a loved one found yourself on the wrong side of the law? The criminal justice system in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania as a whole is known for coming down hard on those accused of crimes. A criminal conviction, even for a seemingly minor offense, can have long-term consequences in your life. It is in your best interests to have the best criminal defense attorney you can find fighting in your corner. Wondering how to find a good criminal defense attorney? Read on for our top tips.

Call (215) 486-0123 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation with a criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia today.

Common Ways to Find a Defense Attorney in Philadelphia

Searching for an attorney can be a crucial decision, and it's essential to find the right one for your specific legal needs. Here are some common methods for searching for an attorney:

Online Searches

Search Engines: Use search engines like Google to look for attorneys in your area. You can use specific keywords related to your legal issue (e.g., "divorce attorney in [city]").

Legal Directories: Websites like Avvo, FindLaw, and Martindale-Hubbell provide directories of attorneys, allowing you to search by location and legal practice area.

State Bar Association Websites: Most state bar associations maintain online directories of licensed attorneys. These directories often include disciplinary history and other important information.

Personal Referrals

Personal Recommendations: Seek recommendations from friends, family, or colleagues who have had positive experiences with attorneys for similar legal matters.

Other Attorneys: If you already have an attorney for a different matter, ask them for a referral to an attorney specializing in the area of law you require.

Legal Aid Organizations: Non-profit legal aid organizations may provide referrals to attorneys who offer services at reduced rates for those with low income.

Bar Association Resources

Local and County Bar Associations: Contact your local or county bar association for attorney referrals. They often have referral services that match clients with suitable attorneys.

State Bar Associations: State bar associations can also provide attorney referral services and resources to help you find the right lawyer.

Online Legal Matching Services

Legal Platforms: LegalMatch, UpCounsel, and other online legal matching services can connect you with attorneys who match your specific legal needs.

Meeting with Lawyers

Initial Consultations: Many attorneys offer free or low-cost initial consultations. This is an opportunity to meet with the attorney, discuss your case, and assess whether they are the right fit for you.

Interview Multiple Attorneys: Don't hesitate to meet with several attorneys before making a decision. This allows you to compare their expertise, communication style, and fees.

Budget-Friendly Options

Legal Aid and Pro Bono Services: For individuals with limited financial resources, legal aid organizations and pro bono programs may provide free or reduced-cost legal services. These organizations can help you find an attorney who can assist you within your budget.

Specialty Associations

If you have a unique legal issue, consider reaching out to specialty legal associations. They often have directories of attorneys with expertise in specific areas of law.

Social Media and Online Reviews

You can use social media platforms or review websites to find feedback and reviews on attorneys' services. Be cautious and consider multiple sources when evaluating online reviews.

Written Reviews

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    - Vernon Kalugdan
  • I will definitely recommend them without a doubt.
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    All the associates and lawyers are great. They keep you updated at all times. They follow up with you via calls and emails. They are honest and look out for your best interest. Thank you for fighting and guiding me through the process. I will definitely recommend them without a doubt.

    - Paula Jimenez
  • He did an outstanding job on my case.
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    Micheal van der Veen was my attorney and he did an outstanding job on my case picked up anytime I called. He really listens and cares about your situation no matter how big or small and also makes you feel right at home when your in his office. He doesn’t intimidate you like other attorneys I highly recommend him if your looking for justice!!

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    First time dealing with Michael T. Van Der Veen’s office and I am happy with my results. They did everything in their power to help me. Thanks!!!

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Characteristics of a Reliable Criminal Defense Lawyer

When looking for a good criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia or anywhere else, it's essential to consider a variety of qualities and characteristics to ensure you find the right legal representation for your case. Here are some important qualities to look for:

Invaluable Experience

A good criminal defense attorney should have a significant amount of experience handling cases similar to yours. Look for an attorney who specializes in criminal defense and has successfully represented clients in Philadelphia courts. van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim provide more than 175 years of combined experience. No matter what charges you or your loved one is up against, you can trust our experience and skills to fight for the best outcome in your case.

Knowledge of Local Laws and Courts

Knowledge of local criminal laws and the specific procedures of the Philadelphia court system is crucial. An attorney familiar with local practices and judges can provide an advantage. Our attorneys are local and have experience representing clients in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas in Pennsylvania.

Strong Communication Skills

Effective communication is key in any legal case. Your attorney should be able to explain complex legal issues in a way that you can understand, and they should be an effective communicator in the courtroom. Our team is committed to establishing good and timely communication with clients. You’ll know exactly what is happening every step of the way.

Reputation and Track Record

Research the attorney's reputation and track record. Look for reviews and testimonials, and ask for references if necessary. A good attorney should have a history of successful outcomes in cases similar to yours. We have successfully represented numerous clients in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania facing a wide variety of charges. You can rely on us for the best representation.

Aggressive and Strategic

A criminal defense attorney should be both aggressive in protecting your rights and strategic in building a defense. Our attorneys will devise a solid legal strategy tailored to your specific case and fight aggressively for a favorable outcome.

Empathy and Compassion

Dealing with criminal charges can be emotionally challenging. Our attorneys are empathetic and understanding, providing support to our clients throughout the legal process.

Negotiation Skills

Many criminal cases are resolved through negotiations. Our skilled attorneys are able to negotiate with prosecutors to secure favorable plea deals or reduced charges, if applicable.

Trial Experience

While most cases are resolved without going to trial, it's important to have an attorney who is confident and experienced in the courtroom, should a trial become necessary. All our attorneys are trial-tested.

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Clear Financial Terms

Discuss legal fees upfront and ensure you have a clear understanding of the cost structure. We offer potential clients free initial consultation and are completely transparent about our fees and billing practices.

Conflict Resolution

Your attorney should be adept at resolving conflicts and making strategic decisions in your best interest. Our attorneys are ethical and will prioritize your rights and interests.

Collaborative Strength

If your case requires a team effort, make sure the attorney has a network of professionals, such as investigators or expert witnesses, to support your defense. You can rely on our extensive network to build a strong case on your behalf.

Unwavering Dedication

The team at van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim is committed to fighting for your rights and achieving the best possible outcome for your case.

Partner with van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim Today

When the stakes are high and you need a staunch legal defender in Philadelphia, reach out to van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim. Our dedicated team is ready to bring our collective wisdom, courtroom savvy, and unwavering dedication to your defense. Don’t let one moment define your future. Connect with us for a consultation where your voice will be heard and your case handled with the care it deserves.

If you or someone you love has been arrested or charged with a crime, call us at (215) 486-0123 or contact us online for a free, confidential consultation

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Throughout the years, our firm and our individual attorneys have been recognized in both local and national media for our extensive legal knowledge, experience, and record of success. Our attorneys frequently appear in the media to provide insights and information on various legal matters, including high-profile cases.

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Choosing the Right Firm Can Make All the Difference

  • Unrivaled Record of SuccessWe have won tens of millions of dollars for injured victims, and have achieved countless "not guilty" verdicts for clients faced with criminal charges.
  • No Challenge too BigOur firm has handled some of the biggest cases in country, including representing the President of the United States.
  • Personalized RepresentationWe understand that every case is unique. Therefore, we tailor our approach based on the facts of the case and the needs of our client.
  • Uncompromising PassionOur competitive nature is one of our strongest qualities. You can be confident that no other firm will outwork our team.
  • Holistic ApproachNot only do we want to excel legally for the client, but we also want to make sure we are strengthening their mind, body and spirt.
  • Supporting the CommunityOur team engages in many community events and regularly donates time and resources to many charitable organizations in Philadelphia.

Talk to Our Experienced Team

Home to Philadelphia’s most accomplished attorneys, van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim pairs diverse practice experience with a passion-driven, comprehensive law practice—all for the client’s benefit.

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