How to Choose the Right Attorney
Choosing an Attorney
People who have been accused or charged with a crime often ask, "How do I choose the right attorney?" The best way is to get a referral from a friend who has had a previous positive experience with a lawyer. In fact, the majority of people that come to our firm were referred by past clients.
Often times, one may not have a first-hand reference for a good attorney and must begin the search on their own. Remember, just like in any profession, there are many things that distinguish one lawyer from another. When it comes to something as important as you or your loved one's record, reputation and, freedom you should do your due diligence and look for the best attorney to protect you. For a proper defense, you shouldn't compromise, and there are several "must have qualities" that you should insist that your lawyer possess.
The best lawyers present themselves well. They are knowledgeable, have negotiating skill, possess significant trial experience and ability, and have a successful track record. In addition, the best lawyers usually have received some kind of peer recognition.
In April 2013, Mark Morales was selected by Texas Monthly magazine as a "Super Lawyer, Rising Star" which is based on peer recognition and professional achievement.
Also, ask the following:
- Are you comfortable and confident in the attorney that you are talking to?
- Does that attorney believe in you and your case? Is this someone you would want to represent you?
- In other words, do they possess the personality and persuasiveness to be an effective advocate?
- Does your attorney have the highest expectations for your case? Remember, your attorney can only achieve what he or she believes. Here at Mark Morales & Associates, we always have the highest expectations for our cases, because we have personally experienced the countless success stories of our clients.
- Has the attorney you are researching achieved positive results in similar charges as the one that you or a loved one is facing?
The bottom line is that a lawyer can tell you anything to get your business; that he has 25 years’ experience; that he is board certified; that he has great relationships with the prosecutors, etc... As my grandmother used to say, the proof is in the pudding. Ask the lawyer to see his past results because that gives you the best idea of what the lawyer is capable of achieving in your case. That is why we are proud to show you our track record.
We know it can be stressful to decide at what point to hire an attorney or even if hiring an attorney is the best option. Whether the charge be a minor traffic ticket or an aggravated assault, each client is treated like our most important client. To ensure that each client is kept well informed, you will be provided Mark's personal cell phone number so that you can reach him any time that you have a question.
We at The Law Offices of Morales & Sparks, P.C. are dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible results for whatever circumstances that may exist. Whether you are facing a drug offense, a DWI, an assault, or any other criminal charge, we can help.
"You work hard for your money, and I can assure you that I will work just as hard to protect the things that are most important to you.... your record, your reputation, and your freedom."
Attorney at Law
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Immigration and Criminal Defense
Morales & Sparks, PLLC serves clients in all immigration and criminal defense matters, including all felonies and misdemeanors and cases involving green cards, citizenship, deportation, tourism, work visas and victims of violence.
Mark Morales was recently, for the second year in a row, was named one of the Top Lawyers in the State of Texas by Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers Magazine 2013 & 2014. He has defended over 3,000 people accused of crimes in this community.
Julie Sparks has represented foreign nationals from countries around the world. She has represented immigrants from a wide array of backgrounds. Her primary area of expertise is defending clients from deportation or removal. We understand that our work has enormous impact on the lives of immigrants and their families, and we are dedicated to providing individual attention and counsel to each client. We work very closely with our clients, maintaining constant communication as we work toward a positive result.
Please call us (Local: 512-930-5511) between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, or use our Free Consultation Form to reach us so that we can discuss your case. Weekend and evening appointments are available upon request.