Top Five Things to Look for in a Trial Lawyer
If you’ve recently been charged with a crime, or need the courts to compensate you for what someone did to you, you want the best possible outcome. You already know you will need to go to court to present your case to the judge, and when you do, it’s important to bring the right legal counsel with you. A qualified trial lawyer will represent you in court, help you navigate the legal system, protect your interests, and work to achieve the most positive outcome possible for you.
To help you find the right representation, Albukerk & Associates has compiled a list of the top five things to look for in a trial lawyer.
Experience. Who decides your case? Mostly, it's the Judge. Does your lawyer have experience with the judge? Chances are, I do. I am a lawyer who has been going to court almost every day for twenty-four years. That means there is a good chance I have experience with your judge.
Reputation. Knowing the Judge isn't going to help if you've got a poor reputation. I have been voted a "Super Lawyer" for the past five years by my peers and have the highest possible rating on AVVO from my former clients. This is not only because I have an excellent winning percentage throughout my career, but I have also broken new legal ground in several fields of the law. I am one of the only attorneys to win a criminal Medicaid Fraud case at the trial court level in front of a jury. In a separate case, I was the first lawyer to win a revocation of a Medicaid license case in the appellate court. I also have several verdicts and settlements totaling millions of dollars involving negligence by institutions such as hospitals and prisons. Finally, I am the only attorney in Cook County to win a Sexually Violent Person's case (try to imagine the difficulty of a criminal case times 10). I have successfully represented clients in every type of criminal case from traffic to murders.
Diligence. The work doesn't get done unless the hours are put in. When you work with us, you'll find that we pick up the phone, or text you back. At Albukerk & Associates, we prioritize our work and client needs.
Personal communication. A qualified trial lawyer will encourage you to speak. We can't win without your help. Chances are quite good that you know the intersection, the witnesses, the electronic devices, the timeline and the reasons "why." With over thirty years as a trial lawyer fighting institutional injustice, I know I cannot craft your best presentation of the facts without your help. Talk to me.
Up-to-date and informed. Hire a lawyer who is on the leading edge of everything; The latest law, the most recent evidence, and the latest techniques. The law is often an institution caught in the past and wedded to the way things were done when the judge was starting out. For instance, the best evidence is contemporaneous video or audio. There are thousands of cameras and 911 recordings every time an incident occurs.
Albukerk & Associates are on the leading edge of how, when and why this information is preservable. As of January 1, 2017, the Office of Emergency Communications changed its policy of destroying recordings after only 30 days based on our efforts; the current policy is 90 days before destruction. This year, we helped file a lawsuit against the City of Chicago seeking to expand preservation to a minimum of ten years. It is our position that contemporaneous recordings of traumatic events that will be the subject of litigation should not be destroyed. We are pushing the boundaries of the law; is your lawyer?
For the best trial lawyer in Chicago, Illinois, reach out to the litigation experts at Albukerk & Associates. We have an excellent winning track record and unparalleled reputation. We handle police misconduct, deliberate indifference to obvious medical needs to prisoners, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, orders of protection, institutional negligence, and criminal/DUI cases. For a complete list of our legal services, please click here. If you’ve been charged with a crime or have any questions about your case, click here to schedule a free consultation.