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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2015 1:04 AM


If you are seeking the services of a criminal defense attorney-Beware. Beware of attorneys claiming to have a lot of experience, but have little. Beware of sites such as "", "FindLaw", and many other sites on the internet that simply advertise attorneys who pay a fee, but do nothing to verify the lawyer's experience. Beware of sites that demand that you fill out a form, revealing private details of your case that can end up in the wrong hands-like the police!

Finding an experienced criminal defense attorney can be tricky. Some of the gimmicks used by lawyers include the following:

1. The lawyer advertises himself as a "Bronx Criminal Lawyer", but his office is in Brooklyn, or Manhattan, but not in the Bronx.

2. The lawyer claims to have had a lot of experience, but has only tried a handful of criminal cases, claiming that he gets good "Plea Bargains", or gets cases "Dismissed", without explanation.

3. The lawyer claims the he has won an incredible number of cases, and has not lost a trial in years. How would you know if this is true? You can't, because there is no official tracking system that you can look up to verify a lawyers win-loss record.

4. The lawyer has all kinds of "testimonials" or "like" signs on his website, or ad. Those testimonials and like signs are usually planted by the lawyer, his friends or his partners, and placed there to make the lawyer appear like a great lawyer, who saved this or that person.

5. The lawyer will only talk about his his successful wins, but never - never talk about his loses.

6. The Law Firm you are calling is really just a referral service. Once you call the law office, you will be asked where your case is pending. The law firm will then refer you to another lawyer to do your case. That lawyer will then pay the firm a fee for the referral. It's all about money!

7. The lawyer does not even have an office. The lawyer's business card will show an address, but this address is not always the lawyer's office. The address on the lawyer's card is a place the lawyer pays to collect mail, or rents a room to interview a client once in a great while. It is not his office, it belongs to someone else, but it is meant for you to believe it is his office. Once you ask to meet with the lawyer in his office, he will discourage you from meeting there, but will suggest another meeting place for your "convenience". Don't be fooled.

8. The virtual lawyer. This lawyer works out of his house, not an office. He never sees clients out of his "office" since he has no office. It is always in the hallways, a diner, a library, or right outside the courtroom. In other words, he carries his office in his pocket. His office IS his business card. This is not professional by any standard, and such a lawyer should be avoided at all costs.

When seeking a criminal lawyer, you need to ask questions. You need to speak directly to the person who will be handling the case, and not the person who is trying to refer you to someone else. You need to meet with the attorney in his office, and not in some hallway, or law library, or even meet right outside the courtroom for the first time to discuss your delicate matter in public.

When seeking an attorney, demand to know their experience, what cases they have done, where they worked, and how many years they have been doing this kind of work. If looking for a Bronx Criminal Lawyer, then look for a lawyer whose office is actually in the Bronx. This attorney may have much greater experience in the Bronx Criminal Courts. Meet with the attorney in his office. Then ask yourself if he is the professional you want to handle the matter. The Law Office of Alexander Sanchez is located right in the Bronx, directly across the street from Bronx Criminal Court. It is not a "Virtual" office. It is not a "Legal Referral Service", it is an actual office. When you meet Mr. Sanchez, you will meet him in his Bronx office, and speak to him directly. Mr. Sanchez has been working exclusively as a criminal defense attorney for over 30 years. Having interned for the Manhattan District Attorney in College, The Federal Prosecutor's Office in Law School, and The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Division, Mr. Sanchez has had more experience in criminal matters before even graduating Fordham Law School. Following graduation, Mr. Sanchez worked at The Legal Aid Society for 6 years, and has been in private practice for over 25 years. In his 30 years of practice, he has handled thousands of cases, and has tried more than 150 felony cases to verdict. He has been recognized as one of best lawyers in the city, and is called upon by National TV News Shows to provide expert legal opinions. He has appeared on CNN News, The Nancy Grace Show, Court TV, Tru TV, Fox News, CBS News, WPIX, Bronx News 12, and other news outlets. If you need a criminal lawyer, call Mr. Sanchez today for an appointment. He understands the system. He knows the players in the justice system. He knows the law. Alexander Sanchez, Esq. 860 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY 10451 718-665-0112

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