Hiring an Out of County Attorney

Some people say you should never hire a Criminal Lawyer in Houston to handle a case in another county.  The people who argue this usually say that it is better to hire someone who is well connected in the other counties court house.  I think that is a complete myth, and that defendants should be more concerned about hiring someone that cares about them and about their case.

I have heard clients express concern over hiring out of town attorneys a ton of times.  As a matter of fact I heard it today in my office.  A lady (who lives in Houston) came in with a case in Galveston County and mentioned that she had met with a couple of Galveston attorneys.  She mentioned that those Galveston attorneys both warned her not to hire a Houston Criminal Defense Attorneybecause they didn’t know the prosecutors and judges like they do.

I personally think that personal connections mean very little when it comes down to defending a criminal case.  The attitude of the Galveston attorneys probably stems more from the fact that they are concerned that a lot of “their” cases are going to out of town attorneys.  I have worked in more counties than I can remember and I honestly think the results of the cases have been fairly consistent with what I thought would happen on each case.

Each case is very fact specific, so it’s hard to give dismissal percentages, etc.  But almost everyCriminal Lawyer in Houston will probably tell you that they have a gut feeling whether or not a case is getting dismissed or going to trial from the first time they hear the story.  And I can honestly say that I do not think I have ever had a prosecutor treat a case unfairly because it was an “out of town” lawyer.

Bottom line, if you are charged with a crime it is your life, your record on the line.  You need to go with the person who you feel the most comfortable with; the person who you think will fight to get you the best possible outcome.  Not the person who you think is most likely to play golf with the judge.

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Eric Benavides

Criminal Defense Attorney at Benavides & Serrano
Eric Benavides is a Houston Criminal Defense Attorny and immigration lawyer.He is one of the co-founders of Benavides and Serrano.He is a member of the Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Houston Young Lawyers Association, and is licensed to practice law in the state by the Supreme Court of Texas and federally by the Southern District of Texas.
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