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If you are accused of a crime, it is always best to hire a private criminal defense attorney. Most likely, the right attorney will be different from the one that drafted your will or closed on your house.

You want to choose an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in criminal defense. 

If you are in need of a private defense lawyer, Arechigo & Stokka are ready to help. To get started, please contact us today.

To learn more about what to look for in a private criminal defense attorney, read the article below.

Experienced in Criminal Defense

First and foremost, you want to hire an attorney who is knowledgeable in criminal law and has experience in the courtroom.

It is also wise to ensure the attorney has experience with the specific crime you are accused of.

For instance, if you are accused of assault, you want to ensure any potential attorney has successfully represented clients charged with assault in the past. 


If you’re charged with a crime, you should try to hire an attorney local to the courthouse that has jurisdiction over your case.

Choosing an attorney familiar with the local court system, prosecutors, and judges can be paramount.

Ask for Referrals

There is nothing quite like a good old-fashioned word-of-mouth referral. Although you may be slightly embarrassed by your predicament, asking close family and friends for recommendations and referrals for a good defense attorney is a great avenue to explore.

Their experience with a particular lawyer can shed more insight than any Google review. 


Like any relationship, you want to ensure your chosen attorney is a good match. A criminal defense lawyer is your voice in court, and you have to be able to trust them.

It is also a good idea to select an attorney you are comfortable talking to and who is personable and approachable. 

Trust Your Gut

Lastly, always trust your gut and go with your instinct. On meeting with potential attorneys, you will have a gut instinct on which one may or may not be the best fit for you. 

You should be able to get an online snapshot of the criminal defense attorney you are considering. Look for Google Reviews and do a Google name search of the attorney you are considering hiring.

You should be able to get an initial idea of a particular lawyer’s qualifications. This will help prepare you to follow up with questions during the initial consultation.

A Private Criminal Defense Attorney Here to Advocate for You

At Arechigo & Stokka, our criminal defense attorney has dedicated his practice to advocating for those accused of crimes.

Our firm has helped dozens of individuals maintain their freedom, reputation, and livelihoods.

Let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you. Contact us today to schedule a free private and confidential consultation. 


What Things Should You Find Out About in Looking for an Attorney?

In addition to the tips above, learning about your potential attorney’s workload is essential. You want to ensure they have the time to dedicate to your case. At Arechigo & Stokka, we always provide one-on-one attention to each client and never bite off more than we can chew. Providing exceptional service to our clients is our top priority. 

Can I Ask Questions During my Consultation? 

Of course, you can, and you should. A great defense attorney encourages their clients and potential clients to ask questions about their case and the lawyer themselves. Asking questions ensures a great lawyer-client relationship from the start.

Author Photo John T. Arechigo, Esq.

Attorney John Arechigo has a passion for criminal defense in St. Paul, MN. John received his J.D., from Hamline University School of Law and also carries a Bachelor of Arts from, The University of Minnesota. John was named Attorney of the Year for 2019 by Minnesota Lawyer. Additionally, John was also named as a 2019 Rising Star and was selected to Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2021. He devotes nearly 100% of his practice to defending individuals charged with a crime.

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