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Choosing an Attorney

Choosing Your Attorney

  • Determine what you need most
    • Privacy and discretion?
    • Aggressive¬†representation in court?
    • Open Communication with your lawyer?
    • An attorney you can trust?
    • An attorney who knows how the other side thinks?
  • Call several attorneys that appeal to you
    • You can find attorneys online
    • You can ask trusted friends for a referral
    • You can contact the local bar association for a referral
    • You can use the yellow pages
  • Ask each attorney about the most important issues for you.
  • If you are still unsure who to choose, go visit a few attorneys that connected best with you.
  • You should know that often the attorney for you is the one you feel the most comfortable with. Every attorney is different so you need to take the time to choose the one that's right for you.

Helpful Tips

General

  • Anytime you could be charged with a crime, you should consult with an attorney prior to answering any questions by law enforcement.
    • You do not have to speak with the police unless you want to.
    • The police must stop questioning you once you ask for an attorney.
  • If you are ever taken into custody, do not discuss your case on the telephones at the jail. These calls are monitored, and if you say anything that could hurt you the police will use the information.
  • You should try to talk to an attorney before posting bail as they can help the process and can sometimes get you a better rate.

DUIs

  • If you are charged with DUI, you should contact the DMV within 10 days in order to secure your right to a hearing before your license is suspended.
  • Always ask attorneys you are interested in hiring if their fee includes the DMV proceedings.

Thefts

  • Often in shoplifting cases the company which has accused you of stealing will send you a letter claiming you owe them money. You should consult your attorney before sending in any funds as this is often just a formality for many companies.
  • You can also ask attorneys you might hire if they respond to these demand letters on your behalf as part of their fees.

Narcotics/Drugs

  • Many counties and private parties provide support for treatment of addictions, make sure your attorney knows of these resources and can help you get involved in treatment if you want to.

If you want to consider Jacklyn, contact her now for a free consultation.

Contact

Law Office of Jacklyn Bentley
777 North First Street, Suite 210
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408-333-9192
(Please call from 8:30am-5pm)
Phone: 408-620-5354
(Please call after hours)
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