Tips for Hiring a Criminal Attorney in Houston
Being arrested is scary. Many times individuals do not know what to do or who to trust because you have never been in this situation before.
Hi, I’m attorney Eric Benavides.
I want to give you some tips today on hiring a criminal defense lawyer. Now I know that if you’ve been charged with a crime or if you have a loved one who’s been charged with a crime, that this process can be scary and it can be intimidating.
I mean you don’t know what to expect.
- You don’t know how certain courts work.
- You don’t know how certain judges work.
You’re kind of just jumping into this blind and and hoping that whoever you hire is somebody that you can trust. Well, there’s certain things you can do to make sure that you make the right choice.
Talk To Multiple Lawyers
My first tip is, talk to multiple lawyers. I’m not afraid to say that. I might be the perfect lawyer for you or you might be better off one with somebody else. I mean you’re never gonna know how you feel about somebody unless you sit down and talk with them. So my advice would be to talk to a few lawyers and narrow it down to somebody that you trust and that you feel comfortable with.
Because at the end of the day this is somebody that’s gonna have your life in their hands.
Do Your Research on Lawyers
My second tip is do your research.
I can’t tell you how many people have been in my office and tell me “I wish I would have just googled that lawyer before I hired him”. You would have believed the things I’ve read about this person on the Internet. You know sometimes the best people that will tell you about an attorney are past clients. Now it’s been my honor over the last decade to represent thousands of individuals. You can go online on my website or online in general and find testimonials from my clients.
And I hope that’ll give you just a small background into who I am and how hard I work on my cases. But you should never hire somebody blindly.
Make sure to do your research.
Never Hire a Lawyer Based on their Fees
Now my third tip is never hire an attorney based on price.
That’s one of the worst things you can do. Sometimes the most expensive lawyers are not really the best lawyers. And sometimes the cheapest lawyers, who as you can imagine, you get what you pay for. You need to do your research and make sure you hire somebody that charges you a reasonable flat fee.
You never want to hire somebody that charges you per court date, because that can break trust. Sometimes as attorneys we have to reset a case 20 or 30 times. I don’t want you thinking that I’m doing that to make more money off you.
That’s not how I work.
Those are my main three tips. If you would like to know how I work, I pride myself on being fair. I’m not the cheapest and I’m not the most expensive. I pride myself on being affordable and providing good service for my clients.
If you’ve been charged with the criminal case in Texas, give me a call. I’d be happy to sit down and talk with you, work through your case and discuss a strategy. I know it’s scary and I know the process can be intimidating, but I’m here to help.
My goal is to protect you protect your criminal record and protect your future.
Eric Benavides is a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney. He is a co-founder of Benavides & Serrano, PLLC. He is a graduate of the prestigious Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Trial College, and is a proven trial lawyer. He has been recognized as one of the best criminal lawyers in Houston by the Houstonia magazine, and has earned a perfect 10.0 rating on AVVO.