In a recent interview, leading criminal attorney Saul Bienenfeld owner of Bienenfeld Law in New York, NY, revealed 4 misconceptions about criminal defense lawyers that can lead to a poor defense. —
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When asked to comment, Bienenfeld said, “Unfortunately, many people charged with a criminal offense don’t seek legal counsel from defense attorneys to get the help they need to build a strong defense due to several widespread misconceptions.”
Many people are discouraged from hiring an attorney because they think that good criminal defense attorneys are too pricey.
When asked to elaborate, Bienenfeld commented, “Not all great criminal defense attorneys require that you dig deep in your pockets. The measure of a good lawyer is not by the price tag but how much experience and success they have had.”
Another common belief held by the public is that all criminal defense attorneys are the same.
“Just like any other profession, criminal attorneys vary by education level and experience and even have their own areas of expertise. Their level of competency leads to different success rates, making it all the more important to thoroughly question a potential lawyer before hiring them,” Bienenfeld said.
He added that when searching for the right legal counsel, make sure to ask about the experience an attorney has had with similar charges levied against previous clients.
“Criminal defense attorneys have gotten a bad rap because of how they are portrayed in the media. However, many defense lawyers are well educated and work in accordance with the law to get the best possible outcomes for their clients,” Bienenfeld said.
Because of all these misconceptions, many assume that public defenders – who are appointed to anyone who can't afford legal counsel – are as capable as criminal defense attorneys.
When asked to elaborate, Bienenfeld commented, “Due to bottlenecks in the criminal justice system, public defenders are often overworked and overloaded with cases, meaning that they can’t always focus a lot of time and energy to your case.”
Bienenfeld added that unlike public defenders, the law offices of criminal defense attorneys often have more resources at their disposal to build a solid defense.
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