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How Can I Find the Right Lawyer Near Me?
Choosing the right lawyer for your criminal or traffic law case in New South Wales is an important decision – one that can affect you well into the future.
Of course, location can be important – after all, a lawyer that is in a location near you can be the most accessible, and often the most familiar with magistrates, judges, prosecutors, court staff, and court processes and procedures in your local area.
There are also a number of other factors that can help to ensure the lawyer you choose has the right specialist experience, has your interests at heart, and will fight to secure the best possible result for you, at an affordable price.
So, here are a few tips to help you find the right solicitor, barrister or law firm near you:
Word of mouth
It can be of great benefit to have a lawyer referred from someone you know – as your trusted friend or family member may have gone through the legal process and therefore be able to attest to the particular solicitor, barrister or law firm’s ability to look after them and achieve a good outcome, through having the right experience, being responsive, compassionate and delivering transparency and affordability in terms of price.
Taking advantage of the internet
Another way to help you to find the right lawyer near you is to spend some time on the internet, making important enquiries such as:
- Is the lawyer an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, or is the law firm headed by accredited specialists?
- Has the lawyer or law firm been around for a long time?
- Have they achieved awards for excellence in the field?
- Do they have a good track record of positive client reviews?
- Have they achieved success in the type of case you are involved in?
- Will they offer me a free first appointment,to give me an opportunity assess whether they are right for me without having to pay for the privilege?
- Do they offer transparency in terms of fees, such as fixed fees for work they undertake?
Much of this information can be obtained from independent, third party websites, such as from Google reviews, awards programs and other platforms, while a significant amount can also be gleaned from the law firm’s published material which can include recent case results, awards achieved and client reviews obtained.
Legal fees can often be hefty, potentially adding to the stress, uncertainty and anxiety you are already going through.
And while having the best lawyer on your side can be vital in ensuring you achieve the justice you deserve, being informed of the financial side of things can also be very important.
For that reason, it’s a good idea to look for a firm that offers transparency in legal costs.
If the firm advertises that they offer fixed fees, these should be transparent through the publication of specific fees for specific services on their website.
If your case serious and complex, and fixed fees aren’t available, it’s a good idea to ensure you are given a detailed cost estimate at the very start – which includes the work to be undertaken, the costs involved and the estimated time-frame.
An important decision
Finding the right lawyer in your location is not a decision to be taken lightly, so it’s a good idea to take your time before formally engaging your legal representative.
Many law firms offer a free first conference, during which you can assess whether the lawyer you are seeing is right for you and your particular case.
For our part, Sydney Criminal Lawyers has offices in nine locations across New South Wales – the Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Liverpool, Sutherland, Penrith, Bankstown, Newcastle, Gosford and Chatswood.
Or if it’s more convenient for you, we also offer conferences by telephone and Zoom.
If you are going to court for a criminal or traffic law case, your first consultation with us is free of charge and without obligation.
We offer fixed fees for many of our services and those fees are published on our website, we are a specialist criminal defence firm headed by Accredited Criminal Law Specialists, have been serving clients for over 20 year, have an exceptional track record of successfully defending and winning a wide range of criminal and traffic law cases – from AVOs, less serious assault, drug and driving cases all the way to murder, commercial drug importation and supply and complex fraud cases – and our client reviews speak for themselves.
Get in touch!
So call us on (02) 9261 8881 anytime or email us to arrange a conference with an experienced, specialist defence lawyer who will support and inform you throughout a difficult time in your life and fight to achieve the optimal outcome for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find a lawyer near me?
You can find a lawyer near you by:
- Contacting the Law Society in your state or territory,
- Running an internet search for ‘lawyer near me’ or using your location, or
- Searching with the bar near the top of this page
Why should I choose a lawyer near me?
A lawyer near you will often be the most accessible and, if you are going to court near your location, be the most familiar with the magistrates, judges, prosecutors, court staff, as well as the legal processes and procedures used in that particular courthouse.
Where is the closest criminal law firm to me?
There are hundreds of criminal law firms across Sydney, other New South Wales cities as well as regional areas across the state.
You can find the closest criminal law firm to you by running an internet search for ‘criminal lawyer near me’ or, if you would like to locate the closest office location of our law firm, using the search bar near the top of this page.
We have offices in the Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Liverpool, Sutherland, Penrith, Bankstown, Newcastle, Gosford and Chatswood.
Can I have a telephone or Zoom conference with a lawyer near me?
Yes. Most law firms now offer conferences over the telephone and through video conferencing platforms, such as Zoom.
It is a good idea to email any papers you may have – such as the police papers if you are accused of a criminal or traffic offence – ahead of your conference.
Is there a lawyer near me that offers a free first appointment?
Many law firms offer a free first consultation for those who are going to court, during which you can assess whether that particular lawyer and law firm are right for you.
It’s a good idea to see a number of lawyers before you make the important decision of formally engaging one, as ensuring you have the right lawyer on your side is important and make a significant difference to the outcome of your case.
Is there a lawyer near me that offers fixed fees?
Many criminal law firms offer fixed fees for a range of their services, including less-serious criminal and traffic law case types such as AVOs, minor assaults and sexual matters, many traffic cases such as drink and drug driving, and driver licence appeals as well as for specific services such as prison visits, bail applications and mental health applications.