Have you recently been arrested on suspicion of possessing or selling illegal narcotics and you need a good Omaha drug attorney? If you have ever hired a criminal attorney in the past, you should probably not hire them again—you need a lawyer who specializes in drug crimes.
Finding a Good Omaha Drug Attorney
You could find a drug crime attorney just as you would a regular lawyer, by asking your family, friends, co-workers, and others you trust for recommendations. However, don’t just collect a long list of names. Instead, you should ask probing questions about what it’s like dealing with their recommended attorney—such as whether they are on time for appointments and reasonably available to answer questions.
If you already have a lawyer, but need one with a specialized expertise in drug crimes, ask for a referral. You could check the American Bar Association website for state-specific information, including a lawyer finder service or license verification. You can also visit independent legal referral websites, which can help you find a lawyer based on your location and legal issues. For instance, if you were arrested on marijuana charges, the website NORML.org offers a lawyer directory, based on state. It also provides other extremely helpful background and credential information, such as education, licenses, associations, reviews, and contact information.
Meeting Your Omaha Drug Attorney
Before your first meeting, you should take a moment to consider what qualities you would want in a drug crimes lawyer. You probably want one who has:
- Usually, it’s not essential to find an expert in a particular field, but for this particular circumstance, in which expertise matters and the stakes are high, it is important to find a lawyer who specializes in drug crimes.
- Be sure the attorney is willing to learn about your particular situation. It will help in the long run, because he or she can tailor the defense to meet your needs.
- Ability to communicate. If the lawyer speaks in “legalese” and doesn’t bother to explain the terms he or she uses, you should look for someone else.
- Will the attorney be available for conferences at your convenience, not his or hers? How quickly can you expect emergency phone calls to be returned?
- Is this someone with whom you can get along? Good chemistry will ensure a better relationship and more positive results for your case.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for references. Ask what types of cases the attorney has worked with in the past. Get a list of clients or other attorneys you can contact to discuss competence, service and fees.
- Reasonable fees. Attorneys charge anywhere from $50 to $1,000 or more per hour. Make sure the fees coincide with the location, size and prestige of the firm, as well as the lawyer’s reputation and experience.
To make the most of your first meeting, you should bring several documents with you, including:
- Any paperwork you have from the court detailing the charges against you and your next court appearance.
- Your bail papers.
- The police report, or any other paperwork the police gave you.
- Some criminal defense lawyers may ask you to fill out a questionnaire before your first meeting. If you are asked to complete one, send it to the lawyer ahead of your meeting.
- The lawyer will find it helpful if you compile a list of everyone connected to the case; include witnesses, victims, and other defendants. In order to prevent a conflict of interest, the lawyer will need to verify that neither anyone from the law firm nor the lawyer has ever represented anyone involved with your case.
Your lawyer will have a lot of questions about the drug charges against you, so just let them lead the questioning. You, however, should be forthcoming with your attorney, and keep in mind that confidentiality laws prevent them from disclosing anything discussed in the first meeting.
When it’s your turn to question them, you’ll want to know exactly how much experience they have representing clients with drug charges, in addition to personally knowing the prosecuting attorney and the judge. You will want to find out this information because it will be extremely beneficial to your case if your attorney has a good reputation with the people who work in the courthouse. And, of course, you’re going to want to know about the legal fees and other expenses.
If you have any special requests, make them known during your first meeting. For example, maybe you need weekend appointments or communication in another language. Ask whether the lawyer can accommodate your needs.
Hiring an Omaha Drug Attorney
After you have met with all the criminal defense attorneys on your list, it’s time to choose one. When determining the best one for you, think back to the list of qualities you have defined as most important to you. Which one of the lawyers met your standards?
If you only met with one attorney and were pleased with him or her, then you have found the attorney for you. If, however, you interviewed several and one did not rise to the top, consider contacting some of their former clients. Find out what it was like working with their attorney and whether the clients would hire them again. First-hand feedback can be invaluable.
Once you have narrowed the field to your one best choice, you are ready to hire a drug crimes lawyer.