How can I find good a lawyer if I've never used one before?
August 12, 2012 1:57 PM Subscribe
How can I find a good lawyer if I've never used one before?
I need to find a lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area who deals with criminal law. In all likelihood this would be for some consultation and possible wrangling with a government agency and paper-filing. Not a court case (I hope).
I've never hired a lawyer before and have no idea how to go about it.
Does there exist some kind of service, referral network, or clearing house for finding a lawyer?
Although I'm not broke, five or ten thousand dollars is a lot of money to me, so I kind of have to get it right the first or second time. I can't afford to peruse a series of lawyers until I find a good one.
This is totally uncharted and somewhat scary territory for me. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.