If you have never been involved with the criminal justice system before, hiring a criminal barrister might be frustrating and very confusing. Barristers are trained to be very persuasive and some are often unethical. The whole process can be frustrating because its very expensive and also your freedom is at stake. Well, when choosing the best London criminal barristers, here are a few things you should keep in mind.
First, you should always be a smart consumer, just like you would when purchasing any other product. Before hiring any barrister for your criminal case, you should research carefully about him/her. If you asked for a referral from somebody close to you, don't take their word for it. Rather, you should inquire about the attorney's current open cases, the amount of time likely to be devoted to your case and also duration the attorney has been practicing criminal law. With the answers provided, you should be able to discern whether a particular attorney is good at his/her job or not.
Secondly, you should always trust your instincts before hiring a criminal barrister. If a particular lawyer makes unbelievable promises, you should be a little worried. Everything the lawyer promises should always be in writing. If your gut instincts tell you to run away from a particular attorney, that's exactly what you should do. It's not common sense to hire an attorney to represent if you're not feeling particularly comfortable with him/her on the first encounter.
Always look for London criminal barristers who are very ethical in their day to day dealings. During the hiring process, stay away from attorneys who suggest that friendship with the judge or prosecutor will reduce your charges. When put in a tough spot, the attorney's allegiance will immediately shift to the other individual rather than remain with you as the client. Therefore, choose someone who is ready to battle for you regardless of how much he/she might compromise in the process.
Always insist on getting a written contract before allowing the attorney to represent you. The contract should have overall figures of the representation fee you have agreed to pay. Of course, make sure it doesn't leave out the amount of money you will have to pay during the case. There are a few attorneys who might threaten to leave your case midway if you don't agree to pay more money. However, if everything is written down, there is no way that the lawyer will squander any more cash out of you.
Remember, you always get what you pay for. In most cases, criminal barristers who are very expensive might not produce the best results for you as the client. Therefore, make sure the amount of money you're paying doesn't go to waste. Rather, the attorney you hire should be ready to do anything possible for your case with that money. Don't rush into hiring a cheap attorney either. Of course, before doing so, you should question the reason behind the price being so cheap. That's why it's important to get the best barrister money can buy.