By Layo Adeusi
Sexual assault allegations can come with a plethora of consequences, social and legal, regardless of whether the allegations prove to be truthful. It is paramount that you retain a criminal defence lawyer who is equipped to take your case. The first thing you should do is retain the right criminal defence lawyer. But with so many out there, it can be quite difficult to even know where to start. Below is a list of a few helpful criteria that may possibly make it a little bit easier to decide.
It is important to know what kind of experience they have with cases of this nature. While any lawyer will tell you that every case is unique and will be determined based on its own merits, it can be helpful to understand what kind of strategies the lawyer has used in the past that the outcomes. Aitken Robertson’s team of lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience. Their team-based approach serves to give you a vast wealth of ideas and insights that can help your case.
How much will the lawyer cost you? It is not uncommon for criminal lawyers to charge on an hourly basis. Hourly fees can often be unpredictable and can end up being more expensive. At Aitken Robertson, we choose to use block based billing giving you the full cost upfront with flexible interest free payment plans. We understand that people do not usually have money saved up for these types of unexpected charges and are willing to work with you to get through your case as stress free as possible.
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These can be extremely helpful when choosing a lawyer. A potential lawyer can give you all of the information mentioned above, but this will all be from the perspective of a lawyer who will have handled numerous cases of this nature. But each client is presumably going through the criminal justice system for the first time. The perspective of someone who faced a similar situation can only help you gain a wider view of the process and potential outcomes you may face.
Ultimately, the final decision will be yours. Take care in making a decision that will benefit you. If you have been charged with sexual assault, called Aitken Robertson for a free 30 minute consultation, this will allow us to review your case and to provide you with a quote. While giving you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.