Bail VS Attorney
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU ONLY HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO EITHER BAIL A PERSON OUT OR HIRE AN ATTORNEY FOR THE PERSON WHO IS CHARGED WITH A CRIME IN LOS ANGELES?
During the 25 years I have practiced criminal law, it is common that the family members only have enough money to either hire an attorney or bail a person out. In order to answer the question as to which is more important, you must look at what each will accomplish. If you bail someone out of custody, this does not resolve their case, it merely gets them out of jail while their case is pending. Depending on the circumstances, they may end up taking a deal or being convicted of a crime and then they will end up back in custody and money will have been wasted. Further, after being bailed out, they will appear in court and their bail will be set by a judge. Many times, a person’s bail will be raised higher at their arraignment and then they will be taken back into custody, once again wasting bail money and not assisting them in resolving their criminal case.
If, on the other hand, the money is used to hire a seasoned savvy criminal defense attorney, then the person will be properly represented to defend their charges. Further, the defense attorney may be able to get the person released on their own recognizance, which will cost the family no money. Or, they may be able to get the bail lowered, saving the family money once again. However, the key thing spending the money on a good defense attorney does is assist the person in trouble in defending their case and making the right decisions, at the right time, when it comes to resolving their case. The wrong decision or wrong defense can lead to disaster for a person charged with a crime. They can end up in jail or prison, lose their reputation and have consequences thrust upon them that could have been avoided with the right representation.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO THE RIGHT ATTORNEY IS IF YOU ARE GOING TO SPEND MONEY ON AN ATTORNEY, INSTEAD OF BAILING A LOVED ONE OUT?
In my opinion, choosing the right attorney is the most important decision a person charged with a crime can make when it comes to achieving the best possible result in a criminal case. I wrote the book “The Art of the Perfect Defense” in order to answer this very question. It is not easy to differentiate between attorneys and it requires some work on your part. To break it down to its simplest form, you must go and meet eye ball to eye ball with the prospective attorney (or at least speak to them over the phone). Once you talk to the prospective attorney with questions in hand, you are then in a position to start making decisions. You must ask yourself, is this the guy or gal I want representing my personal life situation to a judge, prosecutor or even jury. When you sit down with someone face to face, you are in a much better position to judge them and decide if they are right for you and your situation.
You should also do some research on the attorney you are considering hiring. Check out there case results and reviews online, see what they have accomplished in their career and the type of cases they have been successful with. And, do not be afraid to ask them point blank what they will do to defend your case and what they believe the outcome will be. They may not have all of the answers right now, but their responses will give you a feel as to whether they are the right match for you and your case.