If you are looking at prison time or a criminal penalty, it is extremely important to hire a criminal defense lawyer. The legal system is designed and biased so that representing yourself in a criminal trial and expecting a good result is almost impossible. A great criminal defense lawyer knows the ins and outs of the legal system, and may be able to spot certain arguments and factors that could mitigate or even negate a potential crime.
Hiring a criminal defense lawyer has multiple benefits and provides you the opportunity to the best possible outcome for your trial, which you would not be able to achieve on your own. For example, a criminal defense lawyer can:
- Point out legal rules and regulations. Many rules and laws about criminal prosecutions are buried within regulations and laws, and even prior court opinions. For example, without understanding the many nuances of the 4th Amendment, you may not know a search conducted of your car by police was lawful or not.
- Work with you and the prosecutor to negotiate a plea bargains, if necessary. A plea bargain can often reduce your potential sentence or eliminate some or all of the charges against you. Prosecutors are often unwilling to negotiate with defendants that represent themselves. Additionally, a criminal defense lawyer can explain the “hidden costs” that come along with pleading guilty. For example, pleading guilty, while it may get your a shorter sentence, may make it it very hard to find a job when your sentence is completed. They can also provide a level-headed assesment when deciding whether or not to accept a plea bargain that may or may not be fair or beneficial.
- In the event that you are found guilty, your criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate your sentence to prevent you from winding back in court. For example, instead of going to prison for your entire sentencing, your criminal defense attorney may be able to work out a way for you go to prison only for part of the length the sentencing and spend the remaining time in a rehab facility if you have a drug problem that caused the crime.
In addition to these, a criminal defense lawyer can provide you peace of mind. You can rest assured that your criminal defense lawyer is going to do their best to defend you and achieve the highest possible outcome for you- whether it is getting the charges dropped in an unjust case, or negotiating a fair sentencing in the case that you are found guilty.
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