Tips When Hiring a San Diego Criminal Lawyer – Law Office of David P. Shapiro

Tips When Hiring a San Diego Criminal Lawyer – Law Office of David P. Shapiro

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– Hi, my name is David P. Shapiro. I am a San Diego criminal lawyer and I am the owner and
managing partner of the Law Office of David P. Shapiro,
based out of San Diego, and today I want to
share with you some tips that I suggest you look for
when you are looking at hiring a criminal defense law firm. First thing is notice how I said law firm, not criminal law attorney
or solo practitioner, and that’s really important. No disrespect to the solo
practitioners out there. I was one for a large part of my career but what I could tell you is, is that when you have a firm and a team of individuals
working on your case, all with defined roles, all
with defined expectations, you are the one who benefits from that. So let’s talk about an example. You call a law firm, or you
think you’re calling a law firm and the attorney answers their own phone. Okay, and they spend 30 minutes
with you, you randomly call. Okay, that’s great right? Well, it is but it isn’t, because what were those 30 minutes? Where were those 30 minutes
budgeted before you called? Were they working on somebody else’s case? Were they working on
a paying client’s case that now that got pushed
to the back burner because now they’re spending 30 minutes randomly speaking to you? See, you have to think about that. Yeah, at first it’s great. Take my calls all the time, but that’s how you feel
maybe as a potential client. How do you feel about that policy when you’re a current client and there’s all these distractions, and the attorney that you hired and are paying good money to is unprepared because their days get sidetracked. They can’t keep a schedule. They may not want to keep a schedule. It’s very important
that you hire a law firm with a team of people who run
their business the right way because that protects you in the end. Another factor is experience. Far more important than
years of experience is quality of experience. You are better off with an
attorney representing you that’s been a lawyer for 10 or 15 years that has tried very serious cases if you’re facing a serious charge and that has handled
cases in the courthouse where your case will be heard than hiring a lawyer who’s got 30 years or 40 years of experience that maybe is in a criminal
courtroom once a week, or once a month, or four times a year, as opposed to having the
lawyer that’s in court multiple times a week,
that knows the prosecutors, that knows the judges,
that knows the court staff, and more importantly has their respect, has earned the respect of prosecutors, court staff and judges. Far too often people say, “Well, my attorney’s got 30
or 40 years of experience, that means he must be good!” What if they’ve been doing
things wrong for 30 years? What if they’ve been
incompetent for 30 years? What if they’ve been
mediocre for 30 years? You’re better off with someone who’s got real-life experience in
those types of cases. And finally, with regard to price; my firm is certainly not the
cheapest law firm out there, certainly not the cheapest
criminal defense firm in San Diego and there’s
a reason for that. A lot of times people
come in and they’ll say, “Well, you kind of quoted the same fee that the first firm I went to quoted me, but then I got them down 30 percent.” And I ask the client to look
at that and think about it. You got them down 30 percent? Well, that’s awesome for you now because you’ve saved some money, but what type of a negotiator did you just engage to be your lawyer, or did you just interview
to be your lawyer? Someone who’s going to give
away 30 percent of their money? What are they going to do
when it’s your freedom, when it’s your money, when it’s your time, when it’s your reputation? They’re going to give away the farm. That’s not someone you
want representing you. You also want someone to represent you who’s going to quote you
a fair and accurate fee for the work they’re going to put in. You don’t want someone who’s
just going to take some money, a fraction of what other
firms may cost or charge you, because they don’t know or don’t care how much work is really required to represent you the right way. All they’re doing is going
to be chasing that dollar because they have bills to pay. That’s reckless. That’s not someone worthy
of being your attorney, whether you’re charged with a
misdemeanor or first time DUI, or whether you’re charged with murder. I encourage you to give our firm a call if you’re charged with
or facing investigation for a crime in San Diego. Experience the difference first hand. 619-295-3555.

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