How Do I Find the Right Lawyer?
There are many lawyers with different levels of experience, reputation and integrity. You can research experience based on many websites including the SuperLawyer.com, and a host of other individual websites.
The State Bar licenses all attorneys, but only attorneys that have gone through a special certification process can assert that they are “Specialists” in a given field of law. In Florida, there are over 80,000 lawyers, and only 841 are Criminal Law Specialists according to the Florida Board of Legal Specialization.
Once you have narrowed your list of lawyers based on experience, you will want to ask for referrals and opinions about the lawyers you are considering. You should meet in person with the lawyer you are considering hiring. Each Lawyer has very different personalities and philosophies. You MUST trust the lawyer you are hiring, because it is your life, freedom, family, and record at stake.
While it is important to contact lawyers quickly it is much more important to find the right lawyer for you and your family.
What is a Board Certified Criminal Lawyer?
- An attorney who has been licensed to practice law for at least five years
- Devoted a required percentage of practice to criminal law for at least three years
- Handled a wide variety of matters in the area of criminal law to demonstrate experience and involvement
- Attended continuing education seminars regularly to keep legal training up to date
- Been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges
- Passed a comprehensive 6-hour written examination
Certified Criminal Law Specialists have experience in the preparation and trial of serious criminal matters. They have extensive knowledge of state and federal constitutional law, evidence, procedure and penal laws involved in these matters.
To become and maintain status as a Board Certified Criminal Lawyer, an attorney must apply for recertification every five years and meet substantial involvement, peer review and continuing legal education requirements for the specialty area.
What separates you from other attorneys?
Our reputation, experience, and integrity. We are among only 841 other lawyers in the entire State of Florida who can profess to be Criminal Law Specialists. We have handled cases from both sides of the law, and not just anywhere. Mr. D is a member of the College of the State Bar, has received numerous Statewide awards, and has been listed in Florida Monthly as a one of the top 2.5% young lawyers in Florida. (Lawyers under 40 years old or practicing less than 10 years).
We live and work in Duval County. We know the community, the area, and the legal system in this county. We are located one block from the County Courthouse and office only in this location. The Dick Law Firm is not a “volume business.” We are selective about the clients and cases that we accept, so that we may always be able to give our clients the attention and assistance they deserve.
We honestly care about our clients and their families. We want the best possible outcome for you. We will not stop working until you are satisfied that we have done everything possible to give you back your life.
Will My Lawyer ever call me back?
At The Dick Law Firm we are committed to returning all of our clients calls the same day they are received. Additionally, each client is given our lawyer’s personal cell phone numbers for emergencies.
What are your fees?
Our fees are set on a case by case basis. We offer a free initial consultation to all perspective clients. In our firm we have a thorough conversation about you and your situation along with the legal possibilities involved. Only after this conversation can we set an appropriate fee.
While we are very experienced lawyers, we do not want clients to suffer because they cannot hire a good attorney. We strive to remain affordable for most clients, and we offer payment plans and accept all credit cards.