Folks frequently believe that attorneys are unneeded and over priced. Regardless, there's no guarantee that the truth will set you free. There are lots of allegations that will come up with such type of jobs.
The best reason why I enjoyed reading Michael Connelly's The Lincoln Lawyer, is the fact that I was able to get an inside look into the "Lawyer Morality". It is no surprise that to be an attorney, is the ability to be able to produce major amount of dollars. Yet, its not as simple as saying receive a case, win it, and go home with a pocket full of dollars.
The entire process is probably going to take longer than you would ever want, but hopefully, you will have a law professional who will be able to prove that you did not commit the crime for which you have been accused. Being in the wrong place does not alone make you guilty. It might make the process more difficult, but with the right help, you should be able to succeed.
The final aspect of finding a good lawyer is figuring out the costs. Find out if the lawyer charges a flat fee or charges you based on the hours spent on the case. If the case is very complex, then you may want to try to pay a flat fee as it may take longer. Also, find out if there are additional fees if you have to go to trial and the lawyer has to come in to defend you.
You might just feel more confident having your own criminal defense lawyer, so if you can afford it, then go forward with it if that is the advice you are given by someone you respect. Either way you may have to pay something, but the private law professional will be more expensive.
Be at any meetings and/or legal proceedings on time. Follow the saying if you're on time you're late and if you're early, you're on time. Do whatever it takes to get this one right. A missed legal proceeding could cost you everything.