Your case was not tried as you had hoped and you did not get the verdict you wanted, so is life, right? Wrong. A great part of our judiciary system in the United States is the ability to appeal a verdict in a court a law, thus giving your case a chance to be reviewed by an appellate judge. This judge will be seeing your case for the first time and giving a fresh verdict. You will want the best team of lawyers on your side to make sure that your case is formatted in the best way possible and your argument is presented accordingly to the way appellate courts work. This means you need an appellate counsel, so where can you find one? Since this is the second time you will be going to trial and you probably want it to be your last, you want to make sure you hire the right person for the job. The following information will explore a general process you should take when looking to hire your appellate lawyer.
If you really trust your criminal attorney, then ask him or her for a few recommendations of good appellate lawyers. Ask anyone who is involved in the criminal justice field as well. You can even Google appellate lawyers and the name of your city. Once you have done all of this. You should have a pretty lengthy list of lawyers that you will need to speak with beforehand. Do not choose your lawyer solely off recommendations. You should compile a good size list of lawyers and then meet with them before hiring someone so that you can get a better feel for the lawyer as a person and how they work. You will be relying heavily on this person so you want someone that you will feel comfortable with as your defense.
Make a Good Evaluation
Just having a casual conversation with the lawyers on your list will not give you the proper information to make an informed decision on who you want your lawyer to be. You should have a uniform way to evaluate each lawyer. First of all, ask all of the obvious questions such as how long have you been practicing? What is your success rate? What special knowledge or insight do you have that make you stand out? Then ask for a few of the recent briefs he or she has written. You may not know exactly what the brief is talking about but you will have a better idea of the civil or criminal appellate lawyer’s abilities. Then do some research online about each lawyer. Do this for each potential lawyer you are looking to hire so that you know you looked into each lawyer equally.
As always, ask about cost. The cost for the attorney’s service will obviously vary depending on lawyer and the length and extent of the case but you should have a rough estimate before hiring your lawyer. The key to making any good choice regarding hiring someone is to do extensive research beforehand so you do not regret your decision later.