A criminal defense lawyer is exactly what you need if you have been charged with any of the following crimes:
- Any Sex Related Offense
- Disorderly Conduct
- Drug or Alcohol Related Offense
- Property Crime
- White Collar Crime
And the list can go on and on. For any criminal charge from misdemeanor to felony, effective representation is necessary to protect your freedom as well as your reputation. A criminal defense attorney’s first priority is to aggressively protect your rights and represent your interests. Staging a proper defense in court is so important that if a person cannot afford an attorney the court appoints one free of charge.
There are cases where a defendant represents themselves in court. This is called “pro se” legal representation. Pro se, translated from Latin, literally means “on behalf of oneself”. Although it is every citizen’s right to choose self-representation, it is not advised, especially for a criminal defense case.
Criminal law is complex and the stakes are very high should a defendant lose. Even if convicted of a minor misdemeanor that carries a penalty of minimal jail time and a fine of less than $1,000, this could have a devastating effect on a person’s life. A short period in jail often means job loss, potentially even the loss of a residence or vehicle. Although fines for misdemeanors do not seem like a substantial burden, consider it coupled with the potential loss of property and earnings due to jail time. It is easy to see, then, that even for minor offenses it is important to have a professional criminal defense attorney representing your interests.
The work of a criminal defense attorney begins long before a defendant’s day in court. Pre-trial work for a defense attorney can begin the moment an individual realizes they are being charged for a crime and exercise their right to have an attorney present during questioning. This provides protection and guidance when being subjected to investigative procedures.
It is possible that a defense attorney can succeed in getting charges dropped. A trial can then be completely averted. That is, of course, the best case scenario. However, should an individual find that their case does, indeed, proceed to trial, a criminal defense attorney will develop a strategy that will be in their client’s best interest.
But what if an individual has not been charged with a crime and the police want to question them about a crime? What if a person realizes they are under surveillance? What if someone was present when a crime was committed and would like to cooperate with an investigation but are afraid they could be implicated? What if a person is completely innocent of any wrongdoing but they match the description of a criminal and a witness to a crime has accused them? Even if a person has not been charged with a crime but is under investigation, an attorney can provide guidance and protection that can prevent abuses of law enforcement that could threaten your future.
A criminal defense attorney will help a person under investigation through every step of the investigative process. The moment a person realizes they are under the scrutiny of law enforcement, regardless of guilt or innocence, that individual needs to secure legal counsel.
Not only is it important for a person to have advice on how to respond to questioning by law enforcement, so as not to incriminate themselves, but it is also important to have personal rights protected. A defense lawyer can protect a citizen from improper procedures, such as wrongful collection of evidence, that could result in criminal charges. Even if such things occurred, a defense attorney can use their expertise to get the charges dropped or the evidence ruled inadmissible.
There is nothing more critical to a person’s continued pursuit of life, liberty and happiness than maintaining their freedom. If you are under investigation for any reason, please contact us and secure a skilled legal representative to protect your best interests. Citizens deserve to have the best protection throughout a process that can be confusing and intimidating, not to mention having the potential to deprive them of their freedom.
Disclaimer: The content of this article does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Please contact Jennifer Speas to discuss the specifics of your case.