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Buyer Beware - Lawyer Advertising and Letters by Criminal Defense Attorneys in Tulsa, Oklahoma

by Glen R. Graham - Criminal Defense Attorney, Tulsa, OK
Phone (918) 583-4621  or (918) 260-8184          
        It is now common practice for some lawyers to mail advertisements to people who have been arrested.  Some of the letters proclaim how much the lawyer CARES!!! Does the lawyer imply that other lawyers don’t care and that they are the only ones who care?  That is not true.  Why does anyone need to say they care if they really care?   Some letters are from lawyers that are relatively new to the practice of criminal law, but they have decided to switch from a civil practice to a criminal practice even though they have never tried a criminal case.  Some of the letters are from lawyers who will not state that they have only been practicing law a few months or a year or two. 
        If the letter fails to state length of practice – BUYER BEWARE!!!  Some letters are from lawyers who are not in the phone book and not on the Internet – BUYER BEWARE!!! Too many letters are from lawyers who do not have a real personal office and use conference rooms to meet people or try to meet you in the hallway at the court house or at a restaurant.  Super cheap lawyers making outrageous extreme promises  cannot  deliver.  A long time ago, some lawyers told stories about people sharing a phone booth for a telephone and now the modern equivalent would be five to twenty lawyers sharing a small office space and conference room or not even having an office and just meeting people in court.  There is a movie called the "Lincoln Lawyer" about a lawyer who meets his clients in his lincoln automobile and has a chaufer.  An office may not be a necessity but it is more professional and most people expect a good lawyer to have an office.
        In response to mail out letters, some lawyers have chosen to respond with their own mail-out advertisement advising the potential client of the questionable practice of hiring someone based on an advertisement without doing any kind of research on that person.  Hiring an attorney with no phone in the phone book who has never tried a case or has only tried one case could be a costly mistake!  You should always do some kind of research before hiring anyone!  Buyer beware!!!
        I have practiced law for over 25 years and I have handled  numerous Misdemeanor – Felony cases.  If you are charged with a criminal offense, you should hire an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights.    I  offer  some  Payment  Plans   or  Visa / Master Charge.   I am an honest attorney and a member of the Tulsa Better Business Bureau (BBB)  and  I will work hard to keep you out of jail and to win your case or get the best deal available.  I have the experience to aggressively fight your case all the way through trial or to obtain the best plea bargain.

          Some  people  spend  more time shopping for groceries than they do     picking an attorney! Meeting a total stranger at the court house and   handing them money to represent you is not the best way to hire an       attorney.  A real lawyer should want to meet you in their  real private office. 

Super cheap lawyers that  make  outrageous extreme promises  cannot deliver on their false promises and extreme lies.

Some lawyers may not be able to try your case because of many issues and you need to carefully consider which lawyer you hire.  You want a lawyer to finish your case and not withdraw using some made up excuse or who has problems.

          Some lawyers have serious personal  problems and if you met them in person before the court date, you might not hire them, so they try to meet you in court so you are stuck with them!  You should  meet a REAL lawyer before the court date in their REAL OFFICE if they have one?  Blind dates seldom work out.

          Who has the right mind set to represent defendants  -  Defense Attorneys  or  Prosecutors?  A former prosecutor who has decided to do a 180 degree change in philosophy and to go from incarcerating people and putting people in jail to now attempting to defend people is making a giant leap in mental attitude.  You need a Defense Attorney to defend you and not a prosecutor!  Does the so called defense attorney belong to any of the major organizations committed to defending people such as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL),  Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA),  and the Tulsa Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA).   Some criminal attorneys or former prosecutors do not join criminal defense organizations or will not participate.  

          Is the lawyer a member of the Better Business Bureau? (BBB)    I  am.

          Some bondsman may refer people to specific attorneys for super quick guilty pleas  so they can write another bond and you should be careful about any referrals.

          My fee on any case is negotiable and it is based upon the amount of time and work and other factors.   You need  direct  honest  answers, give me a call so we can schedule an appointment for you to come to my office at  (918)  583-4621  or  (918) 260-8184
If you find anything in this communication to be inaccurate or misleading, you may report the same by writing to the General Counsel of the Oklahoma Bar Assoc., PO Box 53036, Oklahoma City, OK 73152 or by calling 1-800-522-8065.