Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Korea
Signs that you May Have Hired the Wrong Korean Lawyer
- Your Korean lawyer is too young (30s) or too old (late 70s). The lawyer will, likely, not have the experience necessary to handle the matter or will, simply, not be handling the matter. Many more senior attorneys, are not actively involved in the matter and, simply, delegate all the work to the junior attorneys.
- Your lawyer in Korea has no judicial experience. It is preferable to hire, because of Korean realities, a retired senior Korean court judge and in some cases a retired senior Korean prosecutor.
- Your Korean lawyer has poor English language skills. Without someone fluent in English, you run the risk of never getting your side of the story heard. Hire an English-speaking lawyer who has near-fluent English language skills. It is preferable that the attorney was educated, in part, abroad in order for the lawyer to be more adept at problem-solving skills and understands different cultural realities.
- Your Korean lawyer has few non-Korean clients. Handling criminal matters for foreigners is vastly different than handling a typical criminal matter for a Korean. Often, deals can be obtained with the prosecutor in non-violent crimes for foreigners, that are unavailable to Koreans. Also, violent and notorious crimes, often, need to be handled with a decree of media and cultural savvy, since judges and prosecutors are sometimes affected when the victim is a Korean and the perpetrator of the crime is a foreigner. Additionally, your lawyer must understand deeply the immigration implications of a conviction.
- Your lawyer never speaks. A lawyer that never speaks is, typically, not a proactive lawyer. Criminal cases are best handled with strategy and a proactive counsel willing to engage police investigators, prosecutors, and judges. If your lawyer won’t speak to you, he won’t be speaking to anyone else and will likely simply go through the process, and receive a guilty verdict and the typical sentence.
- Your lawyer seems to not be listening. Too often, lawyers, ignore clients. Great defense lawyers in Korea develop great defenses by listening and responding to clients. If you have a lawyer who is not listening, he will likely just go through the process, receive a guilty verdict and the typical sentence.
- Your lawyer in Korea has too many cases. If he/she seems too busy he probably is too busy. Criminal cases, often, need a great deal of time. If the lawyer is not able to spend the time to talk with you, you may never be able to get the attorney to provide the time necessary to handle the matter.
- Your lawyer in Korea hates you. Koreans are passionate people. If the lawyer hates you, he will likely take your money and do nothing for you. Passion, too often, can lead Korean lawyers to be less than reasonable. As we know, this is not only a Korean trait.
NY attorney Sean Hayes is the only non-Korean to have worked as a government attorney for the Korean court system and one of the first non-Koreans to be a regular member of a Korean law faculty. He is rated as a Top Attorney by LawAsia and other publications. You may schedule a call with Sean Hayes at: Schedule a Call.
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