Welcome to the Law Office of Tanya F. Miller, LLC
There are many times that you need the advice of a professional; however, never may this be more true than when you need an attorney to defend you in a criminal matter. Understandably, if you are in need of a criminal defense attorney, this is a very stressful time. There are many things that you may be asking right now (see my FAQs). At the Law Office of Tanya Miller, there is a total commitment to the client and to the pursuit of justice. We are dedicated to advocating for you and are committed to being your voice in the courtroom and throughout this process. We encourage you to contact our office today so that we can discuss your situation and how we can help you along in this process.
What You Need to Know About Choosing the Right Criminal Defense Attorney for You in Georgia
Here are a few more things to consider to find the right defense lawyer for you, one who will dedicate herself to the getting a dismissal of the charges, or minimizing the penalties if dismissal is not possible.
Can I Represent Myself in Court?
The short answer is yes. Representing yourself, otherwise known as appearing pro se, is an option. However, you should consider these questions:
- Do you have extensive knowledge about criminal law?
- Do you understand the charges, the burden of proof, and the evidence that the prosecutor must introduce?
- Do you know when to object, how to overcome an objection, and how to have evidence suppressed?
- Do you know how to preserve issues and arguments for appeal?
- Do you understand when negotiating a deal may be in your best interest?
An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to zealously advocate on your behalf. When your freedom is at risk, do you really want to accept anything less than the best possible representation? If you face charges in Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Gwinnett, or Cobb County, or any other jurisdiction in the Atlanta, Georgia area, the Law Office of Tanya F. Miller can help you.
What Should I Look for in an Attorney?
- Consider substance over flash. Look at the attorney's background and experience. Does this person have the knowledge and skills to get you the best results or does he rely on catchy advertisements and expensive office décor to bring in clients. Serious fines and jail time are possibilities – now is not the time to be seduced by a pretty façade.
- Get referrals. A good attorney will have a track record of proven results and successes. Ask friends and family for recommendations.
- Evaluate the information provided and rate the dynamics. An attorney should want to form a partnership with you in order to provide the right defense. A frank exchange of facts is critical to an effective representation. If the attorney does not listen to you and evades questions, you should look elsewhere. This applies to fees as well. An attorney should be upfront about the fee structure and be able to explain how the costs will accrue and how you will be billed.
- Review the attorney's reputation. The right attorney will be respected by fellow attorneys and judges. If there is no evidence of this, this attorney may not be the best choice.
- Do not overlook possibilities. Despite the manner in which they are often depicted on television, public defenders often are smart, hard-working lawyers who will advocate for you. If money is a limiting factor for you, a public defender may be the most prudent option.
- Choose an attorney who will treat you with respect and professionalism. Your attorney should never be rude or disrespectful to you. That is not normal! You want someone who will treat you with respect, return your phone calls and do what they say they are going to do. Do not expect or accept any less!
Facing criminal charges is one of the most difficult challenges you can face. Although you may be tempted to rush into an agreement with the first attorney you consult, it is your future and freedom at risk. Make sure you take the necessary steps to find the right attorney who will fight for you.