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You Have a Right to Choose Your Own South Dakota Criminal Defense Attorney

Jeff Cole
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Not every criminal defense case is the same, and similarly, not every criminal defense attorney is the same. In the uncertain hours and days after your arrest in South Dakota, you may feel some pressure to choose an attorney to help you with your case, and some of that pressure may be coming from:

  • Attorneys who approach you or your family members in or near the jail. Any attorney who would hang around a jail in order to drum up business should raise some red flags for potential clients. The right attorney for your case won’t take advantage of you at your most vulnerable, and will give you the space you need to make the right decisions for yourself and your family.
  • Attorneys who do not have experience representing criminal defense clients. A friend or family member may know an attorney who did a great job helping with a different legal matter, but that doesn’t always mean that the attorney is qualified to take your criminal defense case. You should be looking for experienced legal counsel that can effectively build your defense and represent you in the courtroom.
  • Attorneys who treat you like a number or can’t explain legal concepts in language you understand. Although they may seem eager for your business, not every attorney is the right attorney for you. If he or she doesn’t return your calls, can’t explain the details of your case, or never has time for you, you may want to speak with another attorney that you feel more comfortable with.

Ultimately, although it may feel like everything is out of your control, remember that you get the final say in the attorney you choose to represent you in a criminal matter. If you have any questions, or if you’d like a chance to get to know our team, reach out to us by phone, by email, or even through Facebook.

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