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Finding The Right Criminal Defense Attorney For Your Case



Why You Should Hire a Lawyer to Defend Your Rights

When a criminal case is filed, much of the evidence against the suspect has already been collected. Police or other authorities may suggest that you should give a statement in order to prove your innocence, but that statement can be used as evidence against you. You should never give a statement unless you have first consulted an experienced criminal defense attorney. Even if you have already given a statement, a criminal defense lawyer can still help you protect your rights by challenging the evidence in your case and examining the circumstances under which you made the statement. Attorneys are able to exclude evidence from court if police or other authorities acted improperly or did not follow the correct procedures.

The Consequences of Criminal Cases

The consequences of criminal cases vary depending on state laws and the severity of the case. Possible consequences of criminal cases include:

  • Having a criminal record
  • Possible suspension of your driver's license
  • Time incarcerated in county jail
  • Time incarcerated in state prison
  • Required counseling or classes
  • Loss of certain rights

If You Are Wrongfully Accused of a Crime

If you have been accused of a crime that you did not commit, you should hire a criminal defense attorney immediately. Some people mistakenly believe that they do not need to hire a lawyer or that hiring a lawyer is a sign of guilt. Attorneys protect the rights of both the guilty and not guilty, and hiring an attorney shows that you are concerned about your case. Lawyers can begin working on your case before the prosecutor formally files charges. A good criminal defense attorney will present evidence and defenses early in your case in order to convince the prosecutor not to file charges, to file fewer charges, or to file less serious charges. Even if the prosecutor ultimately files charges against you, your lawyer will have already helped to preserve evidence that favors you. The actions of a good defense attorney show the prosecutor that the case will not be easy and that the prosecutor needs to resolve the case as quickly and as favorably as possible. If you are facing criminal charges, contact an attorney today.