Thank you, friend.
Okay, I understand. Well an attorney is doing this for money - let us be frank. This is their job. They agree to provide a service (of legal representation) in exchange for payment.
So in the end - yes - they are doing this for money. And every attorney you retain will do this (on some level or another) for money. Even the one you get appointed in Court
if you cannot afford another attorney - they are doing this for money too. Simply, the system pays them.
Every profession is for money. After all, a surgeon is not performing surgery for the good of humanity either - they are doing it for the money. So does your postal delivery person. Or your CPA. That is just how the world works. Now, just because they are doing this for money does not mean that they would do a bad job. It is in their interest to do a good job because a good job in their profession generally translates into advancement and/or more money, and some people also genuinely care.The question is how do I know that I chose the right one that has my best interests in mind?
Vet them. May I recommend the TN Bar referral program by county - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.
When you talk to an attorney, you can ask them questions that can help you find one that fits you, such as:
-have you had these kinds of cases before?
-what were their outcomes?
-how long have you been licensed (5+ years is best)?
-do you have a certification/specialization in criminal
-what do you think is the best part of my case?
-how long do you think this will take?
-what do you need from me to begin?
-how much will this cost? Can I have this in writing?
This way, you should be able to find an attorney you can trust.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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