If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime, it’s important to choose an attorney that has the experience, skill and desire to help. Most people don’t keep a criminal lawyer on standby, and it’s likely you weren’t planning on hiring one. So when you look for an attorney to defend you in Court, you may not know what to look for.
Some people call the only lawyer they know, a friend or someone that handled their house closing or will. That may be a good start, but keep in mind that criminal law is a very specialized and nuanced area of the law. The days of hiring a “general practice” attorney for your criminal case are gone, in part because the laws change so frequently and it’s difficult to keep up. Difficult, but not impossible.
When you search for a lawyer you want to make sure that you talk with the lawyer that will handle your case, and make sure that they will be the only one to appear in Court for you. Make sure they have the time and ability to handle your case, and verify their experience by searching the internet for stories where their name comes up. Talk to anyone you might know to verify their reputation and ability.
Most importantly, make sure you select an attorney that you can talk to comfortably. Communication is a crucial factor in any criminal case, and a good lawyer will make certain that he effectively communicates by listening to the client and explaining what is ahead.
Western New York Criminal Defense Attorney
By focusing on criminal defense, James Quinn Auricchio is able to stay up to date on the latest developments in the law. He also regularly participates in seminars, courses, lectures and other educational programs, in an effort to learn and use the latest approaches in many common scenarios in criminal cases.
That allows him to remain confident in his ability to provide his clients with the very best analysis of their case, to anticipate things ahead and communicate effectively with clients.
His commitment comes from his desire to protect individual liberties and hold the Government to the burdens and limitations the law imposes as well as his belief that his clients deserve to be treated with the same respect and compassion that everyone deserves. While that commitment often puts him at odds with authorities, he maintains a stellar reputat
ion in the legal community.
He also dedicates time to help lawyers who are learning their craft, often teaching courses to young attorneys on trial technique. As a law student he earned accolades for his work for the University at Buffalo Law School’s trial technique program, where he learned from some of
Western New York’s most respected litigators. That experience enforces his commitment to pass the lessons he’s learned on to others. That’s why he provides a number of resources to other lawyers, such as his “Learn-do-teach” blog, where he shares information and guidance on the practice of Criminal Law.
In a recent interview he provided insight on his approach to his practice.
“When people ask me, how can you defend people in criminal cases, I tell them that I treat my clients the way I would want to be treat
, that I believe I have an obligation to work hard for them.” Auricchio said. “But the question really infers a common misconception about the c
riminal justice system. It’s not about good versus evil, it’s not about morality, it’s about the law and whether or not the Government has done what it is required to do before it can effect the rights of the People. To me, that’s an important fight, and important issue. It also allows me to work
hard on behalf of people that find themselves in a very difficult situation. Often times I come into my client’s life at their worst moment, and I think it’s important to work with them and let them know that not everyone is out to get them. I think everyone deserves that, but the fa
ct that someone is accused of a crime has no bearing on how they should be treated by others.”
You can reach James Quinn Auricchio, Esq., by calling his office at (716)941-4336.