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Debunked: 4 myths about criminal trial defense lawyers
October 1, 2020 at 7:00 AM
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Lawyers, especially those that work in criminal defense, carry a bad reputation among the general public. However, there’s much more to the profession than what you see on TV shows like Law & Order — and we’re here to pull back the curtain for you.

In this blog post, we debunk four common misconceptions most people have about criminal trial defense lawyers.

Myth #1: Public defenders are just as good as criminal defense attorneys, plus their services are free

The majority of public defenders are made up of underpaid rookie attorneys overburdened with work, due to all of the other cases they’re working at the same time. This means that they’ll have a limited amount of time to spend on each case, including yours.

This also results in some public defenders not fully committing to the success of your case — whether due to the amount of work on their plate or just because there’s not much obligation to do so.

Meanwhile, dedicated criminal defense attorneys will leverage their expertise, time, and resources to bring you the best results possible for your case.

Myth #2: All criminal trial defense lawyers are the same

There are great lawyers… and then there are ones that aren’t so great, just like what you’d see in any other industry.

And just like any other industry, high-performing attorneys have usually amassed years of experience and skill, as well as a successful track record to show for them.

Contrary to popular belief, a lawyer’s rate doesn’t necessarily indicate how good they are. You’ll know who the best ones are by looking at their track record and noting how many cases they’ve won in their field.

Myth #3: You can hire just about any attorney to defend yourself against a criminal charge

As we mentioned earlier, a great criminal defense attorney needs experience, skill, and a track record of success in their field. Those missing one of these three qualities maye not be able to provide you with the expertise you need to win your case.

After all, would you want a family doctor to operate on your brain? Probably not. The same can be said for a criminal defense case, especially one with particularly high stakes.

Myth #4: All lawyers offer free consultations to prospective clients

Not all defense attorneys offer potential clients this complimentary service, so make sure to double check with ones you’re interested in — before you get sent a hefty bill for their time!

Get in touch with Maxwell Tillman today for your free consultation

If you’re in need of a criminal trial defense lawyer from Birmingham, turn to the defense attorneys at Maxwell Tillman. When you work with our law firm, you take advantage of decades of collective experience in the field as well as our degrees from some of the country’s most prestigious law schools.

But that’s not all. Over the years, attorney Leroy Maxwell Jr. has amassed years’ worth of awards in the legal community, including Birmingham Magazine’s Top Attorney and the American Society of Legal Advocates’ 40 under 40 lists. That’s why, when you work with Maxwell Tillman, you know you’re working with a lawyer you can trust.

If you’re ready to learn how we can help with your case, schedule your free consultation by filling out the form on our website. On the other hand, if you have any questions or concerns about our services, you can reach a member of our team directly by calling (205) 216-3304.