If you’re facing rape charges in Los Angeles County, one of the most important decisions you will make is which law firm to hire. You are facing serious penalties, which is why you need to consider several factors before hiring a rape attorney. In order to make a well-informed decision, follow these 10 tips:
1. Experience is Crucial
It is important that you hire a rape attorney who has experience defending people accused of rape charges. At Wallin & Klarich, our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience successfully defending our clients facing rape charges in Los Angeles. Our law firm has extensive knowledge in the field of sex crimes, which many criminal defense firms do not have. Our wealth of experience gives us an advantage over most lawyers who lack the same level of expertise regarding sex crimes.
2. Experience in Local Los Angeles Courts
Not only is it important that the law firm you hire has experience, it is also extremely important that the firm have experience in the specific court you are facing charges. Each court has its own policies and the staff and judges at each court are different.
At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have been practicing criminal defense in Los Angeles for over 30 years. We know the local courts and the procedures in each court. We have built a rapport with the prosecutors and judges, and we can use that to your advantage with your case.
3. Read Client Testimonials and Reviews
Every law firm will tell you they are great. But you shouldn’t just take their word for it. An experienced law firm will have client testimonials available for you to read to give you an example of the service past clients have received. Take that a step further by visiting third-party review sites such as Yelp and Google Plus to read reviews.
4. Check AVVO and Lawyers.com
AVVO and Lawyers.com are sites dedicated to listing and rating professional lawyers. These sites are the top review sites for attorneys. Before hiring an attorney, you need to make sure he or she has great reviews on AVVO and Lawyers.com.
Wallin & Klarich maintains a perfect 10.0 rating on AVVO and has received an “AV” rating – the top ranking for lawyers – on Lawyers.com.
5. Psychological Evaluations Could Be Key in Your Case
Prosecutors and juries put stock into experiment testimony. A good lawyer will want to use this to your advantage. The law firm you contact should discuss with you how they will use psychological evaluations to help show that you do not fit the sexual profile of a person who would commit rape.
At Wallin & Klarich, we work with multiple experts who can evaluate you and testify in court if necessary.
6. Your Attorney Should Know How to Refute Medical Evidence
One of the best ways to defend against rape charges is by refuting medical evidence. The prosecution will often attempt to present physical evidence that may present you unfavorably. However, your attorney may be able to challenge this type of evidence.
Our lawyers at Wallin & Klarich have successfully refuted this evidence in the past by working with medical experts to call into question how the evidence was obtained and how it is not as definitive as prosecutors believe.
7. Your Lawyer Isn’t Afraid to Attack the Alleged Victim
Rape cases in Los Angeles are often a matter of “he said, she said.” If your alleged victim is falsely accusing you of rape, it is important that your attorney is willing to attack the credibility of the alleged victim.
Many of the rape cases we have handled at Wallin & Klarich have been successfully handled by proving the alleged victim had some motivation to lie and that person’s history shows he or she would be willing to lie in court. This may be a winning defense in your case.
8. Your Lawyer has Access to Additional Experts
In order to fight the charges against you, it is important for your defense firm to learn as much as possible about the incident and the people involved. At Wallin & Klarich, we leave no stone unturned. We work with private investigators and other experts to research your accuser and any other parties involved in the case so that our attorneys can use this information in court. This could make the difference between spending years in prison and getting your charges dismissed.
Contact a Los Angeles Rape Attorney at Wallin & Klarich
If you or a loved one has been charged with rape, you need to contact an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney immediately. At Wallin & Klarich, our skilled attorneys have been successfully defending clients facing rape charges for over 30 years. Let us help you now.
With offices located in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich rape attorney available to help you no matter where you work or live.
Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.