If you have been charged with possession of marijuana, prescription drugs, or another illegal substance, you will need the help of an attorney to defend yourself in court. But how do you choose a criminal defense lawyer if you have never been in this situation before?
Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Drug Possession Lawyer in Ohio
The attorney who represents you could be the deciding factor in whether you will go to jail or be released without a criminal record. Your lawyer will need a thorough knowledge of the law, familiarity with the prosecutor and the local courts, and be ready and willing to take your case to trial.
Before you sign a contract, be sure to ask any potential attorney:
- How many drug possession cases have you won? It is important that your attorney has experience both handling and winning drug possession cases.
- Do you take cases in a variety of counties? A local drug possession attorney should have firsthand knowledge of the justice system in all surrounding counties, and be able to take your case in any jurisdiction across the state.
- Will you be handling my case personally? Law firms can include many different partners and associates, and your case could potentially be assigned to any lawyer on staff. This is not necessarily a bad thing, depending on how new cases are handled—for instance, your case may be examined by a variety of attorneys to exhaust the possibilities for your defense. Always ask which attorney will work your case, and don’t be afraid to request a particular lawyer in the firm if you have a preference.
- Are the police or prosecuting attorney breaking the rules? As a former prosecuting attorney, Steve Adams knows what must be proven in order to get a conviction, as well as the rules police officers must follow when making an arrest. This information is invaluable when building a strong defense. For example, if you were pulled over without probable cause, the traffic stop may have been illegal (and the charges against you may be dropped).
- What is the best possible outcome for my case? While the best outcome varies depending on the circumstances of each case, an attorney should be able to give you a general idea of your options and the potential penalties you will face. Our team offers no-obligation evaluations to identify the best approach for each drug possession case we take on.
Don’t wait to get legal advice after a drug charge! Call The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams at (513) 929-9333 today for your free case evaluation.