you have been charged with a cyber-crime, either in state or federal court, you should take the matter seriously. Although cyber-crimes are considered “white collar” crimes and are often not viewed as “real” crimes by society, they are most definitely considered real criminal offenses by the authorities. As such, a conviction for many cyber-crimes can result in a lengthy prison sentence and/or hefty fines which should have you wondering “How do I find the best cyber-crimes defense attorney for my case?” Ultimately, only you can decide which Nebraska criminal defense attorney to retain to represent you; however, there are some steps you can take that may help you make the best choice for you and your case, including:
- Seek referrals. Check with friends, family members, and/or co-workers for a referral. Referrals are often the best source of “inside” information about an attorney. Although you may be hesitant to confide in people about your situation you may be surprised how many people you know have been in the same situation or have had a loved one in the same situation.
- Contact local and state Bar associations. Bar associations typically offer a referral service that may be able to provide you with names and contact information for prospective attorneys. Check the Omaha Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service or the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Attorney Search The state Bar does not provide referrals but you may use the search option to check to make sure an attorney is currently licensed and in good standing.
- Do your research. Although you should not depend on an attorney’s website entirely when choosing an attorney, a website can be a great source for information about an attorney’s practice areas and experience. Find out what you can from the internet about prospective attorneys and use that information when preparing for your consultations. If your case is in federal court, pay particular attention to whether an attorney has experience in federal court.
- Narrow down your options. At this point, narrow down your options to 3-5 of the best prospects based on everything you have learned to date.
- Schedule consultations. Most criminal defense attorneys offer free, or low cost, initial consultations so set up one with each of your prospects.
- Prepare for your appointments. Because most initial consultations are free, or inexpensive, you will not have unlimited time. Use that time wisely. Make copies of relevant documents to give the attorney. Prepare a list of the most important questions you want answered, such as “What percentage of your practice is devoted to criminal defense and cyber-crimes cases in particular?” or “What is your win-loss record at trial?” You should also be sure to discuss fees at your initial consultation.
- Make your decision. By the time you have completed all your consultations you should be ready to make a decision. Along with all of the practical information you have gathered, don’t ignore your intuition or gut instincts. You will be working closely with the attorney you choose as well as with his/her staff so choose someone with whom you felt comfortable and confident during your consultation.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Nebraska contact Petersen Criminal Defense Law 24 hours a day at 402-509-8070 to discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney.