Whether your role is alleged perpetrator, family member, or victim, you have a high likelihood of encountering the criminal defense system at some point in your life. The most important asset to have is a good criminal defense attorney.
What is a criminal defense attorney?
Criminal defense attorneys specialize in the defense of individuals and companies charged with criminal activity. Whether you are facing charges in state, federal or appellate courts, criminal defense lawyers are there to represent you. Their scope of practice ranges from revocation hearings (parole or probation), appeals and post-convicted remedies, bail bond hearings, or trials.
Why do I need a criminal defense attorney?
Being charged with a crime can be an overwhelming and complex time. If you are not knowledgeable about the court system and the processes, you can easily become baffled and anxious. It is your criminal defense attorney who acts as your protector, both for your constitutional rights and your best interest.
They serve as your interpreter for the judicial language and processes that come with being charged with a crime. It is their job to help put criminal defense law into laymen’s terms so you can feel knowledgeable, secure and confident during the judicial process.
What do criminal defense attorneys do?
Criminal defense lawyers investigate the case and interview witnesses, research case law, statutes, criminal codes and procedural law, build a defense and develop a case strategy, negotiate with the prosecution for plea bargains/lesser charges, draft, file and argue motions to dismiss or suppress, advocate for the defendant during trial and draft, file and argue appeals.