Questions to Ask Your Drug Crime Defense Attorney
You have just been arrested for selling drugs in Ohio. Police have taken you downtown and taken your fingerprints, photo and other pertinent information. The officers start questioning you. Then, you remember you have the right to remain silent and invoke that right. Finally, you politely request that you speak to an attorney. Suddenly, all police questioning stops.
Before your first meeting with your attorney, you should compile a list of questions for him or her to answer, including:
- What are the charges against me and how serious are they?
- How long have you been practicing law?
- How much experience do you have in handling my specific drug offense?
- What potential defenses do you see working for my case?
- Do you have an outline, plan, strategy and goal for my case?
- What are the weaknesses of my case?
- What are the best and worst scenarios for my case?
- Do you think I should go to trial or would it be better for me to accept a plea bargain?
- Are there any sentencing alternatives, such as drug treatment programs, for which I may be eligible in lieu of jail?
- What rights do I have while under the supervision of the criminal justice system?
- Will you be handling my case personally or will another lawyer be handling it?
- What is your rate?
- Where is your office located?
You should never feel nervous or uncomfortable around your attorney. Remember, your lawyer is there to serve you and you should not hesitate for a moment to ask any question related to your case.