There could be many potential negative consequences that stem from being charged and convicted with a crime. You could face jail time, fines and the loss of driving or voting privileges. In some cases, a criminal charge could lead to a job loss or a loss of reputation within the community. Therefore, you should hire a criminal attorney who will work as your advocate throughout the entire legal process.
An Attorney Can Be Your Spokesperson
If you have any sort of status in the community, a criminal charge may be big news. Even if you like talking to the media, it is generally a good idea to say as little as possible while a legal matter is being resolved. Your attorney will field media questions and provide suitable answers that won’t jeopardize the chances of obtaining an acquittal or some other favorable outcome.
Your Attorney Will Be Present During Questioning By the Authorities
There is a good chance that police detectives or members of the prosecution team will want to talk with you about the case. Your attorney will make sure that the questions are legal and that you only answer if it is in your best interest to do so. This can prevent the opposition from obtaining incriminating information that could be used to earn a conviction in the case. It is important to note that a defendant is never under the obligation to talk with authorities. Furthermore, a defendant is under no obligation to testify at a trial.
An Attorney May Specialize in One Area of the Law
If possible, try to find an attorney who specializes in one part of the law. This is ideal because he or she will be able to draw from the knowledge that he or she has of both the law and of precedent. Having the ability to refer to prior cases when making a legal argument can make it much stronger when presented before a judge or jury. Referring to prior rulings may also make it easier to have evidence suppressed or otherwise weaken the case that the prosecution is trying to make.
Criminal Law Professionals May Help to Negotiate a Plea Deal
In some cases, a favorable outcome means obtaining a plea deal as opposed to a full acquittal. It is also possible that you want to accept a plea instead of waiting in jail for weeks or months until your case has been resolved. While no one wants a conviction on their record, being released from custody as soon as possible may make it easier to provide for family members.
A plea deal can be negotiated in any type of case, and they are routinely granted in cases involving minor offenses. For instance, a marijuana possession charge may be reduced or expunged if you complete a drug treatment class or otherwise stay out of trouble for a certain period of time. They are also granted when the prosecution doesn’t think that there is enough evidence to win a case outright.
Plea deals may allow you to avoid jail time or keep your drivers license. It may also allow to plead to a lesser charge, which can have a lesser impact on your reputation or ability to get a job in the future. As a general rule, they also mean that your case is resolved in less time, and that can help to keep legal and court costs to a minimum.
They Will Also Take Steps to Clear Your Name
There are many steps that could be taken in an effort to clear your name and obtain a full acquittal on all charges. These steps could include moving to have evidence suppressed or casting doubt on witness testimony during a trial. It may also be possible to question the credentials of those who conduct a chemical or other type of test used to charge you with a crime. Finally, an attorney may assert that a search or interrogation was conducted illegally, which would mean that all evidence obtained based on that tactic is considered to be obtained illegally.
You Are Always in Control
Although an attorney can negotiate a plea deal on your behalf, you don’t have to accept it. Your legal representative have a professional and ethical responsibility to provide a zealous defense regardless of his or her opinion regarding your decision to go to trial. However, it is important to know that a plea deal may not be on the table forever. It is possible that it gets removed or replaced with a worse offer after the trial starts. Regardless, your choices will always be respected, and it will have no bearing on the type of service that you receive.
If you are facing criminal charges, you are entitled to an attorney to defend you against those charges. Having an attorney on your side may make it easier to avoid saying or doing anything that could damage your chances of winning the case or obtaining a favorable outcome. It may also make it easier to construct a defense that could result in a plea bargain or an acquittal.
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