There are many reasons for someone to need to go to court, and sometimes it is necessary to seek legal assistance. Whether it be a civil matter, a criminal matter, or a family matter, should you find yourself in a situation that you feel you need to hire an attorney, it is better to choose one from your area rather than one from out of state.
The ways laws are mandated varies from one state to the next. Because of this, you are going to want someone representing you who is knowledgeable in the law of the state in which live. The attorneys in your area are licensed by the local bar association, which means they are trained in these laws and are more fit to defend you.
If your case is one that will go before a jury it would be beneficial for you to choose a local attorney because they have a better sense of the overall demographics of the community that you live in. This will also allow your attorney to be better prepared in how they will present your case.
Local attorneys also have experience in the courthouse where your case will be handled. They are already familiar with the district attorneys, the judges, and the other attorneys that may be involved with your case. This familiarity gives your attorney that added advantage of knowing who they are dealing with and what to expect from each person involved.
You must also consider all the fees involved in court hearings. No matter what your case may be, it cost money to go to court. Not only are there the attorneys fees, there are the court fees as well. Choosing someone local to represent you is more budget friendly. With someone local, you will only have to pay for their services and whatever court fees apply to you and your case. With someone out of state, you will be charged for their traveling expenses, the time they spend on your case, as well as their legal services. This does not include any of the court fees that will apply to them or your case. There is no such thing as cheap out of state representation.
Also, when looking for an attorney in your area, you are most likely going to be able to find someone in your community that not only knows one but has had occasion to use their services, and there is no better reference than word of mouth. It is also much easier to research their legal statistics, and performance record with the local bar association. This same information is accessible, on an out of state attorney, it's just not as easy to obtain. Their references will come from strangers, and you'll have to research their record on the internet, or wait someone to send it to you in an e-mail. This will not give you the same peace of mind of the validity of the information as you would get from the information you receive from a local attorney.
One final point I would like to make is that dealing with legal issues can be a very scary experience and nothing can give better sense of security than being able to speak, in person, with your attorney whenever you feel it necessary. That is just not possible with an out of state attorney.