When you are accused of a crime, you can ask the court to appoint a public defender to you. This is a lawyer who will represent you at no cost to you. While quite good at their job, these attorneys are also very busy. You may not get all the attention you need and deserve, and want to have a different lawyer. If the case is not criminal, you do not get a public defender and need to provide your own legal counsel. However, the cost of hiring a lawyer may not be within your budget. If you need legal representation for any reason, you can find someone who will take your case pro bono; this is often at no charge or at a very reduced rate. Here are a few tips to getting a free lawyer.
Look at Smaller Firms or New Lawyers
It can be very tempting to go for the big law firms when you need legal help, especially if they have been in the news recently for their accomplishments. However, these firms have a lot of work and are already involved in pro bono cases. A smaller firm or new lawyer will have more time, and be more enthused, to help you. Often, they are willing to take the case in an effort to drum up some paying business. It gives them a chance to be seen in the courthouse and show off what they can do.
Show You Will Help with the Work
When a lawyer considers doing pro bono work, it means he or she will have to do the work of the clerks and researchers too, or pay them out of his or her own pocket. Show up for your consultation with all the paperwork and information on the case you can get your hands on. Explain that you are willing to do anything necessary to help with the case. If you have friends or family members that can help too, the attorney is more likely to take the case.
Keep in mind that lawyers have bills to pay too. If someone takes your case pro bono, the attorney will need to have other cases at the same time. While this may not be the same as a public defender's caseload, it will still require you understand he or she will not be at your beck and call. Be a good client. Be honest at all times, and as helpful as possible. It will make things go easier and keep you from having to find a different lawyer if the first one quits.Share
7 April 2015
When it comes to your personal rights, how much do you really understand the law. About ten years ago, I realized that I didn't really understand my rights when I was accused of something that I knew I didn't do. I could tell that I needed to work with a lawyer who had a better understanding of what I was up against, so I contacted a local team that could help. They were really incredible to work with, and I was impressed with how well they were able to fight the charges. This blog is here for anyone struggling with legal drama.