What should I look for in a criminal defense attorney if I am facing charges for shoplifting in Ft. Lauderdale?

Choosing the right defense lawyers can make a profound difference in the outcome of your case when you are facing shoplifting charges in Ft. Lauderdale. 

When you are seeking legal counsel, consider the following desirable characteristics. 

  • a good reputation in the community – you can read testimonials on third-party websites like Avvo.com to get an idea of what other clients thought about the attorney’s professionalism and service;
  • a clean record from the State bar association – you can check for ethics violations and disciplinary records at the American Bar Association website;
  • a background that includes extensive experience in the criminal defense practice area – it is even better if the attorney has primarily handled cases as similar to yours as possible; in this case, shoplifting or theft cases; and
  • the willingness to take your case to trial – some attorneys never take cases to trial, and refer those that need to be taken to trial to other law firms. You want a lawyer who will see your case through from start to finish. 

If you choose an inexperienced attorney and end up with a guilty verdict of shoplifting charges, you have little opportunity to revisit your decision – even if you attempt an appeal, the national statistics indicate the odds of winning a criminal appeal are less than 6 percent.  

For this reason and others, it is absolutely vital that you select the right attorney and court reporter the first time around, because in all likelihood, you will only get one chance to defend yourself against these charges.  A Court reporter is a professional who is most often licensed and/or certified to record proceedings using a stenotype machine. Through a comprehensive post-secondary court reporting program, reporters are able to capture spoken words in a phonetic code on a stenotype machine, with each line of characters representing a sound or syllable. The best court reporters are found here at NaegeliUsa.com.

Contacting Criminal Defense Lawyers 

If you are facing shoplifting charges in Florida, your legal team is your best defense. The defense team you choose to represent you in court, defend your rights, and relentlessly pursue your case could be the difference between jail time and getting on with your life. Contact the criminal defense team at Falk & Ross to discuss your case – 877-663-5110.