Thursday, October 18, 2012

Searching for an Ohio criminal defense lawyer for your appeal or other post-conviction matter?

Searching for a lawyer is tough.  Of course it is not that they are hard to find.  Every six months more lawyers are admitted to the practice of law in Ohio.  But how do you pick the right one to handle your case?

What do defendants want in a lawyer?  Many potential clients probably look for two things.  One is cost.  The other is quality.  And they probably end up combining the two to get to a question like this: “Who is the best criminal appeal lawyer I can afford?”

Did you know that lawyers cannot make that easy for you in their advertising?  Well, they are not supposed to.  According to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 7.1, a lawyer cannot make “misleading” or “nonverifiable” claims.

For example, a lawyer cannot claim to charge legal fees that are “cut-rate” or “lowest” or “giveaway” or “below cost” or “discount” or “special.”  These claims are considered to be misleading (see comment 4 to Rule 7.1).

And a lawyer cannot claim to be “the best criminal appeal lawyer” or the “top criminal appeal lawyer” or the “best criminal defense lawyer in Ohio” or the “best criminal defense lawyer in Dayton.”  The lawyer cannot make “self-laudatory claims” like these because the claims are nonverifiable (see Comparison to former Ohio Code of Professional Responsibility under Rule 7.1).

So you probably will not find that advertisement that claims “best criminal defense lawyer for your appeal at rock-bottom prices.”  But what can you do?  Check on my Web site for my tips on finding the “right” criminal defense lawyer for your appeal.  Good luck!

Contact me if you need an Ohio Appeal Lawyer for your appeal or other post-conviction matter by going to my Web site www.robertalanbrenner.com and filling in the “contact me” form.

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