Extending Your Student Visa

A student visa that lets you study at the university of your choice is a terrific thing for you. But what happens if your studies take longer than you planned? On top of exams and term papers, you may have to worry about your student visa expiring. That’s where an immigration lawyer can be your best friend. Understanding how immigration laws work can be the first step to making sure that you keep your student visa in good standing. My blog is all about immigration issues, especially those faced by foreign students. Check out the articles for more information that you can use to complete your studies in the country you chose to study in.

3 Things To Know Before Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney

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When choosing a criminal defense attorney, it is crucial that you follow a few basic steps in order to protect yourself, and get the best chance of winning your case.

1. Put In the Time- It is easy to find an attorney. Finding the right attorney, however, can be quite the challenge. Though you may need a defense attorney quickly, don't just hire the first one you encounter. Remember that this person is literally representing you. You do not want just anyone. You want someone who will give you the best chance at winning your case, as well as being honest and upfront with you. Take the time to research your options. A good rule of thumb is to go about finding an attorney in the same way you would hire an employee. Begin your search for representation as soon as you become aware of legal action pending against you. Research all potential attorneys thoroughly including their strengths, weaknesses, and their past win to lose ratio. Schedule an interview with criminal defense attorneys and get to know them personally. Meeting with an attorney in person does not signify that you are committing to hire that person. As previously stated, it is like a job interview for them. Do they understand your wants and desires? Are they a good match for this case and the charges against you? Do they have experience with similar cases? 

2. Be Aware of Their Fees- Attorneys all charge different amounts, and payment is due at different times, depending on their office policy and the complexity of the case. For example, attorneys usually charge more to defend you against felony charges as opposed to misdemeanor charges. Due to these varying factors, every case is distinct. However, you can expect to pay a median fee of $1,500 according to Consumer Reports. Some attorneys demand payment upfront, while others may charge an hourly wage. Others may charge you for each day of court, or per charge against you. Ask directly about their fee schedule so that you do not have any surprises.

3. Understand Case Management- Many good defense attorneys are busy. That being the case, you may not always be working directly with them. Case management is a logistical term for how cases are handled. It is important to be aware of others in the law firm that you may be in contact with and getting to know them as well as the attorney. Will the attorney be the one with you in court? Do you contact the attorney directly if you have questions, or is there someone else who can get back to you more quickly? Answers to these questions will help you to better understand how the process of your defense will go.

Though hiring a defense attorney can seem overwhelming, these basic steps will help you to get the best representation possible.


9 September 2018