A criminal defense lawyer is an important asset when it comes to defending yourself against criminal charges. Although some defendants choose to represent themselves without a lawyer, they may want to consider how an experienced attorney can help them get organized, protect their civil rights and present legal arguments in a skilled and strategic fashion.
After all, it's not likely that the average defendant will have had to navigate many criminal court matters in the past, but for a lawyer, the process is second-nature. There are many ways that a lawyer can help you if you face charges.
Your defense attorney will teach you about your legal rights, the laws and the potential punishments associated with your charges. Your attorney will also tell you what kinds of results you might expect from different strategies and about the various stages and requirements for the criminal law process.
An attorney will know how to challenge evidence produced by the prosecution and object to various forms of questioning by the defense. A lawyer can also cast doubt on the prosecution's version of the facts. By providing alternative explanations and perspectives that illuminate why you did not commit the crime or help the jury, judge or court better understand you, an attorney can help sway the court in your favor.
If you need to negotiate a plea deal because it appears that a conviction is likely, your attorney might help you achieve a less-severe punishment.
There are many other things that a lawyer can do for you. If you would like to get more perspective on your criminal charges and build an appropriate defense to navigate your proceedings, our law firm is available to speak with you about the details of your charges.