Holland & Usry August 2019

How to Choose a Criminal Defense Attorney


Nobody envisions themselves in a situation where they have to choose a criminal defense attorney to work with. But if that situation arises, it’s a decision you can’t take lightly. The person you choose to represent you in court can have a profound impact on your case. Your future and freedom are at risk. With so much at stake, you want to be sure you have full faith in your representation.

basement shop or pick the first person you hear about. Changing lawyers is expensive and can be counterproductive to your case.

As you narrow your search, you need to determine whether or not you trust the person. If you can’t trust the person, don’t hire them. Facing criminal charges is already one of the most stressful experiences you’ll ever undergo. You don’t need to compound that stress by constantly worrying if your attorney will work their hardest for you. How do you assess a lawyer’s trustworthiness? Look for their experience with cases like yours, see what their clients are saying, and check out their past results. While past results are no guarantee of what to expect in your case, they do show you the type of work the lawyer is capable of. In addition to seeking out lawyers with a good track record, you want to work with someone who will make you a priority. Your case is a big deal to you and should be to your lawyer, too. If somebody isn’t paying attention to you when you first meet them, how do you think they’ll treat you throughout the rest of the process? Another excellent gauge of a lawyer’s suitability is how they answer your questions. If they are honest, thoughtful, and detailed, that’s a very good sign. If they promise you pie-in-the-sky results, it’s worth being skeptical.

The first step to making a smart decision when it comes to a lawyer is doing your research. Legal defense is one area where you never want to bargain-

We want to prove that we’re the firm to work with you. Call us at 864.582.0416 to speak with an attorney about your case.

Good News

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Lamentations 3:22-23 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”




1. Heat a cast-iron skillet to high. Char corn, turning occasionally, for 10–14 minutes until kernels begin to blacken in spots. 2. Using a sharp knife, remove corn kernels from cobs and transfer to a large mixing bowl. 3. With a wooden spoon or potato masher, gently crush corn to release starch and juices. 4. Add jalapeño, onion, tomato, and cilantro. Mix to combine. 5. Top with lime juice and season with salt. 6. Serve alongside your favorite tortilla chips.

2 medium ears of corn, shucked 1 jalapeño or Fresno chile, seeded and thinly sliced 1 large tomato, cored, seeded, and finely chopped 1/4 bunch cilantro leaves, sliced 1/2 red onion, diced

Juice of 1 lime

Kosher salt, to taste

Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine


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