A collection of individuals and agencies who work together to fight crime is known as a criminal justice system. If you get arrested, this powerful system works against you to obtain a criminal conviction. Having an experienced criminal attorney on your side who understands the system thoroughly, knows the rules (including both written and unwritten), and speaks the language of the prosecutor will help you for justice.
A criminal lawyer will protect your rights and guard our best interests in the following ways:
1. Investigating the charges against you
As soon as you are convicted of a crime, your criminal lawyer will start investigating the matter including visiting the scene of the alleged crime, interviewing witnesses if any, reviewing official reports along with other documents, and finally examining the physical evidence.
Although the purpose of the police investigation is to find clues and evidence that can be used against you in a criminal prosecution, your defense lawyer’s investigation has a different purpose. He will investigate to find holes in the evidence, gaps in proof, and other inconsistencies that may lead to reasonable doubt.
2. Reduce your exposure to risk
According to many people, engaging a criminal lawyer is going to be very costly. However, not involving a criminal lawyer is expected to cost you more. There will be the risk of disastrous outcomes like:
- You being incorrectly charged
- Forced to be found guilty when you are innocent
- Being pushed to prison when you shouldn’t
- Our DNA being placed on the national database or the state police
- Being disqualified from holding a driver’s license when you can’t manage your life without it
- Being suffered in a job application process because you are required to disclose your criminal record
- Termination of your services from a company because your employer has found out a criminal record against you
With the support of an experienced criminal lawyer, these types of outcomes can be avoided. When the risks are high the costs involved are always worth it. Getting legal advice at an initial level with a criminal lawyer will help to understand the difference a criminal law expert can make to your case.
3. Deep Analysis of the officers’ behavior and taking a stand for us
Regarding your arrest and/or in gathering the evidence against you, did the police’s conduct violate your legal rights? If yes, our lawyer can bring into the picture a formal, written request to discard the unlawfully obtained evidence before your case goes to trial.
A criminal case’s laws and procedures are complicated. It is very difficult or impossible for you to know all your rights or when those rights are being violated unless you study law. Your lawyer can help you assert your rights and stand up to an overzealous prosecutor.
4. Developing a strong defense and identifying weaknesses
A strong defense is required in all cases especially if it’s a criminal one. You can have several queries in your mind. Are the accusations against you are based on the statements of an unreliable eyewitness? Does the prosecution have a weak case, in terms of lacking sufficient evidence to prove the charges against you? Your lawyer can help you prepare and present a reasonable theory of defense.
An experienced criminal law expert can find out weaknesses in the prosecution case very well before the case even gets to trial. During the process of preparation for the trial, the criminal lawyer can identify evidence that he is unacceptable that is the prosecution is not permitted to present that evidence. An experienced criminal lawyer will contact the prosecution preceding to trial and ensure that he won’t lead or present that evidence during the trial.
5. Representing us in the courtroom
Your lawyer will be your voice in the courtroom and will help you in many ways there. For example, he will work on your behalf to select the jury, object to improper evidence, cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses; and present your defense to the jury.
6. Helping you in making the big decisions
A criminal case is not easy to handle. There will be many times when strong decisions will be required. However, a knowledgeable criminal attorney can give wise counseling, based on experience, to help you make the many strategic decisions you will require to make as your case progresses through the criminal process.
7. Calming your family
It’s very hard to see your loved ones in trouble as your journey through the criminal justice system directly affects them. In that time, your family will be much concerned about you. Yet, your criminal attorney can play a very important role as an intermediary between you and your family as well as the criminal justice system, not only to help to ease their anxiety but act as a source of support to all.
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