The process of being charged with a crime can be daunting. Among many of the challenges an individual will face is the search for the right criminal defense lawyer. When researching which lawyer will best suit your needs, you should pay attention to that lawyer’s reputation in his or her respective legal field. While many commercial websites exist to assist you in your search, you should be aware that most of them are more concerned with earning advertising revenue than providing a full and accurate picture of any respective attorney’s reputation or ability. A good place to start would be to run a search for an attorney’s professional disciplinary history at https://www.coloradosupremecourt.com/Search/AttSearch.asp.
The Colorado Supreme Court’s website contains information regarding whether an attorney has ever been disbarred or faced any other professional disciplinary action, in addition to providing information regarding the length of time the attorney has been admitted to the state bar, and whether the attorney carries professional liability insurance.
Once you have narrowed down your search, you will want to pay special attention to the attorney’s legal specialty. Even within the criminal defense community, attorneys often have individual specialties. For example, you would not want to hire an attorney who primarily defends DUI cases if you are accused of a felony sexual assault or robbery. There are attorneys who are experienced defending people charged with violent felonies, sexual misconduct allegations, traffic issues, and even white collar crimes. Most of the better criminal defense attorneys provide free consultations, so it would be well worth your time to speak with two or more criminal defense lawyers before making a decision about who would be the ideal fit.