This may be the first criminal case against you and you may be scared, worried and overwhelmed, this is completely understandable. The one thing you cannot compromise on right now is the legal defense you choose, which is why we have put five steps to help you secure the best criminal lawyer based on your unique case requirements. Step 1 : Interview The first step is to interview any criminal lawyers. You can do this over the phone at the police station or from home. You don’t have to meet with them directly in this step. Find out their experience with criminal cases, what type of cases do they usually handle? You want to know how long they have been a lawyer in your area working on your particular type of case. You want to know their track record, their certifications and whether you will be working with one lawyer or a team of attorneys. Further, always ask about the criminal lawyers fee structure and update intervals. This will help you prepare and know exactly what to expect should you go ahead and use them. Step 2 : Review Online As you know anyone can be a smooth talker. So once you put the phone down with the criminal lawyer do some digging of your own. You can ask them directly for references, but you can also use the internet to make use of online forums and independent review sites to find out how others feel about their experience with the criminal lawyers you are about to hire to handle your particular case. Step 3 : Do Your Research Doing your own research can put your own mind at ease and also help you prepare for your case accordingly. Yes you’re scared and worried, but take some time to research about the charges against you, what to expect. You should the also research the criminal lawyer you want to use. Visit their website, learn as much as you can about them, in addition to what they have already told you. This can help put your mind at ease and steer in the direction of one particular attorney to represent you moving forward. Step 4 : Friends and Family The best refer all you will ever receive is word of mouth. When facing charges it is daunting and you want to ensure you make the best decision when choosing a criminal lawyer. This is why you should approach family and friends who you know have used lawyers before to see who they have used. No one is going to refer you to someone they had a bad experience with. This is useful if you know someone lost their case, you can find out which criminal lawyer they use and if they felt it was the lawyers fault, then you know who not to use moving forward. Step 5 ” Visit the Lawyers Office In order to ensure you choose a reliable and reputable criminal lawyer take the time to visit them at their office for your initial consultation. Here you can identify their professionalism, the size of the firm, their location and you can meet some of the paralegals. This can help you feel more confident in your decision, hire your attorney and start defending yourself on the case. John R Grasso is an attorney admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts. He is also admitted at the Federal District Courts. He is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court and has an experienced support team working alongside him to help focus on securing a resolution in the shortest period of time. John Grasso represents criminal defendants on misdemeanors and felony charges throughout the area. He handles a wide range of cases on a daily basis from domestic violence cases to immigration disputes and DUI cases to robbery and so much more. To find out more, visit http://www.johngrassolaw.com.