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Your best way to find a lawyer is to go to www.lawyers.com and in the section for Area of Practice enter "Criminal Defense".
Let me tell you a few things to look for that are easy, then I'll explain something that will require more work.
Go through the list that the website above provides you and visit the website of each attorney. Run a Google search for the lawyer and make sure that they don't have a website that is differene than the one that lawyers.com sends you to because if they do you wil want to look at both websites. Look for lawyers that belong not only to the State Bar but also ones that belong to the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. These are both voluntary organizations and if the lawyer belongs to them it means he is doing more than the minimum and is staying current on he latest issues.
That was the easy one. This next one is much more complex.
Next, run a Google search on the names along with the word "Trial" and see if you get any newspaper articles about the lawyers going to trial. Don't worry about whether they win or lose, I'll explain why later, you just want to know who goes to trial.
Then, go to the District Clerk's office and the County Clerk's office and have them search fo that lawyer's name in their list and see if they can tell you which cases they had that went to trial. If they can't tell you that, then pull the files the lawyer has been on and that are now closed and see which ones went to trial.
Yes, that's a lot of work.
What you want is a lawyer that is willing to go to trial if necessary. Those are the ones who typically get better deals from the District Attorney because they know that they may have to go to trial if they don't make a good offer. District Attorneys in Texas are elected and they hate to lose trials because their opponents use those against them.
As far as why you shouldn't worry about them winning or losing it s because an attorney may get a case where the defendant was found guilty, but they actually won because the judge or jury gave the defendant less of a sentence than the DA was offering and therefore the defendant was found guilty but the defense attorney actually won because their client got less of a punishment than they were offered.
You also need to talk to the attorney about the possibility of hiring an expert if it is necessary.
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