west palm beach criminal defense lawyer
HANDLING STATE, FEDERAL AND POST CONVICTION MATTERS
If you have been arrested or accused of a crime, your first course of action is to identify a criminal defense lawyer who will inform you of your legal rights, protect those rights and explain your options. Hiring an experienced and effective Florida criminal defense attorney can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. It could mean the difference between a prison sentence, a reduced sentence or a dismissed case.
“Criminal Law is where the power of government directly meets the citizen - it is where justice is done.”
With this said, you shouldn’t choose an lawyer because of the law firm’s website. You will encounter many attorneys promising many things. There are, however, several characteristics that you should consider when you choose your criminal defense lawyer.
- Choose an attorney that only practices criminal defense law.
It is not unusual to find lawyers that not only practice criminal defense but also personal injury, family law, and other types of law. Donnie Murrell exclusively represents Florida defendants in state and federal criminal cases and with post conviction work and will take immediate action on your behalf. We understand that your case is not about money. It’s about your life.
- Choose an attorney that is a board certified criminal trial lawyer.
The Florida Bar created the board certification process to assist the public in making informed decisions when selecting an attorney. Only Florida Bar board certified trial lawyers can identify themselves as specialists or experts. Board certification in criminal trial law is the highest level of recognition by the Florida Bar of the competency and experience of a criminal defense attorney. Donnie Murrell is proud to be one of only 351 board certified criminal trial lawyers in Florida. Read more about being a Florida Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer.
- Choose an attorney that prepares cases for trial, rather than rushes to accept a plea deal.
Most defendants do ultimately accept a plea deal from the prosecutor. However, when offering a plea deal, prosecutors review the evidence as well as the defendant’s chances in court. The skill and expertise of the legal representation of the defendant plays a large role in exactly what a plea deal may be. As a board certified trial lawyer with more than 25 years of trial experience, Donnie Murrell meticulously prepares his client’s case for court, conducting thorough pre-trial investigations; interviewing police, involved parties and witnesses; using expert witnesses to testify on behalf of our clients; and ensuring that the evidence was obtained legally and the client’s rights were respected. This dedication to detail and skill in creating a strong defense strategy can sometimes get charges reduced or dropped altogether, and in some cases, clients don't even have to go to court.
- Choose an attorney that treats each case individually, and who realizes that every situation is different.
Most cases are not cut-and-dried, and every case is unique. Representing those arrested for criminal activities is not a “volume business” with a "one-size fits-all" approach. It’s about taking the time to understand the case, thoroughly reviewing the evidence, and when necessary, challenging police procedures, scientific testing and even state statutes.
The law firm of L. D. Murrell will work fully with the defendant and his or her family to understand your situation and your goals before determining fees. The tremendous difficulties that accompany criminal charges both in and out of the courtroom can become overwhelming. Searching for the right representation can prove to be very difficult. Nevertheless, choosing the right lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will have to make.
Contact criminal defense attorney Donnie Murrell, and learn how he can help your case.