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Questions to Ask When Choosing a San Francisco Criminal Defense Firm

 

Questions to Ask When Choosing a San Francisco Criminal Defense Firm

Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer in San Francisco can feel overwhelming. Your freedom, rights, and future are on the line, so you want to make the best choice. Here are some key questions to ask any potential attorney to help you find the best one for your needs:

1. How much experience do you have handling cases like mine?

One of the most important factors is choosing a lawyer with extensive experience specifically related to your charges. An attorney who regularly handles cases just like yours will know the common issues that come up and strategies that work best. Ask not just about total years of experience but the number of similar cases they’ve worked on. You want someone with deep expertise in this area of criminal law[1][2].

2. What is your track record with cases like mine?

Along with experience, you want to know about their success rate. Have they taken many cases like yours to trial and achieved positive outcomes for their clients? Ask for specific statistics on their win/loss rate as well as example case results[3][4]. Don’t be afraid to request client testimonials as well to get a better sense of their abilities.

3. What will your legal strategy be for my case?

A qualified attorney should be able to assess the details of your charges and criminal record (if any) and map out a defense strategy. Ask them to walk through their proposed approach for fighting the charges against you. This includes steps they’d take to have evidence suppressed or charges reduced/dropped[5]. Their strategy should be tailored to the specifics of your case, not generic.

4. Will you personally handle my case or pass it to an associate?

Some law firms will have less experienced associates handle much of your case under a senior partner’s supervision. Make sure to ask if the attorney you meet with will directly work on your case or if it will be passed to someone else. You want to bond with and trust the person who will actually represent you in court[6].

5. How responsive will you be to my calls/texts/emails?

The lawyer you choose should make you feel like a priority, not ignore you for weeks. Ask how quickly they typically respond to client inquiries and how they prefer to communicate. Make sure they are readily available to answer your questions and provide case updates.

Christine Twomey
Christine Twomey
2024-03-21
Just had my Divorce case settled 2 months ago after having a horrible experience with another firm. I couldn’t be happier with Claire Banks and Elizabeth Garvey with their outstanding professionalism in doing so with Spodek Law Group. Any time I needed questions answered they were always prompt in doing so with all my uncertainties after 30 yrs of marriage.I feel from the bottom of my heart you will NOT be disappointed with either one. Thanks a million.
Brendan huisman
Brendan huisman
2024-03-18
Alex Zhik contacted me almost immediately when I reached out to Spodek for a consultation and was able to effectively communicate the path forward/consequences of my legal issue. I immediately agreed to hire Alex for his services and did not regret my choice. He was able to cover my case in court (with 1 day notice) and not only was he able to push my case down, he carefully negotiated a dismissal of the charge altogether. I highly recommend Spodek, and more specifically, Alex Zhik for all of your legal issues. Thanks guys!
Guerline Menard
Guerline Menard
2024-03-18
Thanks again Spodek law firm, particularly Esq Claire Banks who stood right there with us up to the finish line. Attached photos taken right outside of the court building and the smile on our faces represented victory, a breath of fresh air and satisfaction. We are very happy that this is over and we can move on with our lives. Thanks Spodek law 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙌🏼❤️
Keisha Parris
Keisha Parris
2024-03-15
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko Beauty
Taïko Beauty
2024-03-15
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence. Thank you team!
Anthony Williams
Anthony Williams
2024-03-12
Hey, how you guys doing? Good afternoon my name is Anthony Williams I just want to give a great shout out to the team of. Spodek law group. It is such a honor to use them and to use their assistance through this whole case from start to finish. They did everything that they said they was gonna do and if it ever comes down to it, if I ever have to use them again, hands-down they will be the first law office at the top of my list, thank you guys so much. It was a pleasure having you guys by my side so if you guys ever need them, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give them a call.
Loveth Okpedo
Loveth Okpedo
2024-03-12
Very professional, very transparent, over all a great experience
Bee L
Bee L
2024-02-28
Amazing experience with Spodek! Very professional lawyers who take your case seriously. They treated me with respect, were always available, and answered any and all questions. They were able to help me very successfully and removed a huge stress. Highly recommend.
divesh patel
divesh patel
2024-02-24
I can't recommend Alex Zhik and Spodek Law Firm highly enough for their exceptional legal representation and personal mentorship. From the moment I engaged their services in October 2022, Alex took the time to understand my case thoroughly and provided guidance every step of the way. Alex's dedication to my case went above and beyond my expectations. His expertise, attention to detail, and commitment to achieving the best possible outcome were evident throughout the entire process. He took the time to mentor me, ensuring I understood the legal complexities involved to make informed decisions. Alex is the kind of guy you would want to have a beer with and has made a meaningful impact on me. I also want to acknowledge Todd Spodek, the leader of the firm, who played a crucial role in my case. His leadership and support bolstered the efforts of Alex, and his involvement highlighted the firm's commitment to excellence. Thanks to Alex Zhik and Todd Spodek, I achieved the outcome I desired, and I am incredibly grateful for their professionalism, expertise, and genuine care. If you're in need of legal representation, look no further than this outstanding team.

6. What are the potential penalties I face if convicted?

Have an honest discussion about the specific penalties you could face if the verdict doesn’t go your way. This includes potential fines, license suspension, probation terms, and jail time. A knowledgeable attorney should be able to provide realistic estimates based on your charges and criminal background[1].

7. What alternatives to trial do I have?

Court trials are time-consuming, stressful and uncertain. A good lawyer will advise if options like plea bargains or pre-trial diversion programs could lead to charges being lowered or dropped. Explore your options thoroughly so you can make the most informed choice.

8. How much will you charge and what does that include?

Legal fees vary widely so get quotes from multiple attorneys. Ask what exactly their fees cover – just their own time or are expert witnesses, investigations, etc. included? Make sure you understand what services you get for the price. Also ask if payment plans are available.

9. Can I speak with some of your past clients?

Don’t hesitate to ask for 2-3 references from former clients with similar charges to yours that you can contact. Speaking to past clients provides invaluable insight into what it’s like to work with that lawyer[4]. Quality attorneys should have plenty of happy clients willing to vouch for them.

10. Do you have experience with the prosecutors and judges in my jurisdiction?

Local knowledge goes a long way in criminal defense. Look for a lawyer who has extensive firsthand experience appearing before the specific prosecutors and judges in the courthouse where your case is being handled. Familiarity with the local system can inform their defense strategy.

Choosing your criminal defense lawyer is a crucial decision. Asking the right questions upfront ensures you find the best attorney for your specific situation. Be sure to meet with multiple lawyers in person before deciding – and go with the one who makes you feel most reassured and confident. With an experienced and dedicated legal advocate on your side, you can face the charges against you with much greater peace of mind.

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