While it is a great idea to always consult a private attorney following an incident, a retained lawyer is always a better choice as they will establish a personal relationship with you, therefore getting a better understanding of your legal issues so if you can afford a lawyer then you should definitely get one. The good news is that a lawyer isn’t as inaccessible as you might initially think and at between $100 to $250, even a good lawyer can cost less per hour than your average plumber.
Retaining a lawyer means that you have paid a large amount upfront or a small amount on a schedule which means that a lawyer has essentially already been paid for any work that they need to do and therefore is indebted to you as a result. Of course, a retained lawyer might not be required if you don’t necessarily have any need and don’t deal with business, handle finances, sign contracts or even break the law on a regular basis.
However, a private attorney can be beneficial in multiple ways, not limited to:
- Identifying risk and preventing issues
- Helping you out of legal situations
- Defending you in court
Prevention is better than the cure and while lawyers can cure many situations they will actively spend time making sure they don’t happen in the first place while they are essential in dealing with law enforcement should it be required and if it comes to it then a good lawyer is vital as your defense in a hostile court case.
Erase a Problem Before It Becomes One
Lawyers spend most of their time preventing things before they happen such as filing the necessary paperwork, reviewing contracts, and scrutinizing deals or regulations that apply to your business. There are currently 30 million small businesses in the United States alone and it’s probably safe to assume that not very many of that very large number of owners are well versed in either business law or law in general.
An established attorney will usually be on call at almost any time for all of your business needs where the law is concerned. Considering the average income of a small business owner of over $70,000, a few hundred a months is a small price to pay for the peace of mind granted by leaving complex legal matters to professionals, like hiring an accountant to do your taxes.
Knowing the System
While some private individuals might have a basic understanding of the law, the partners and staff at a firm such as Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP can handle almost any criminal legal situation that can befall anybody such as DUI, DMV issues, and drug-related charges, all of which increase year on year, so having a lawyer in place that can get to you as quickly as possible is essential.
Lawyers know exactly how to deal with law enforcement and can therefore assist you when you have been arrested from the beginning of the process right through to the end, which usually results in a release. Retaining such a lawyer grants you access to a swift and professional service where they can usually help you out of most situations, absent some extenuating circumstances or deeply serious charges such as murder, whereby bail might be denied or beyond the financial scope of your income. Even a personal injury lawyer should be consulted as soon as possible following an accident.
Effective Legal Representation
Should the worst come to the worst and you are charged with a crime then you will need to attend court. Even if the charge isn’t very serious it is always advised, if you can, to retain counsel for any legal issues since one wrong move could see you with the worst possible result. A seasoned attorney can argue in your defense by putting forth a case that seeks to exonerate, or at the very least, diminish your perceived culpability of an alleged crime or series of charges.
While most countries implement a system of public defenders, and most of these are very good at their job, they don’t know you, your circumstances, or your case and usually have very limited time and resources with which to mount an effective defense. This is one of the best reasons why you should always seek to retain a lawyer if you can and any good public defender will advise this also.