If you or a loved one is charged with a crime you understand that there is a lot at stake. Getting an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you can have a tremendous impact on the outcome in your case. Here are 5 reasons you need a criminal defense lawyer.
1. It's Not A Fair Fight
The “criminal justice system” is a powerful collaboration of individuals and government agencies working together toward one goal: to obtain a criminal conviction. The police and the prosecutor share information and work together as a team on a criminal case before, during, and after an arrest is made. Anyone who tries to take on the system alone is at a distinct disadvantage. Having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side helps to level the playing field.
2. Police Investigations Are Designed To Get Convictions, Not The Truth.
The goal of a police investigation is to find evidence against you. Police investigations are designed to get convictions, not to find the truth. Police officers are trained to do one thing when investigating a crime: obtain evidence for use in criminal prosecution. Your defense attorney's investigation, on the other hand, serves a different purpose: to find holes in the prosecution's evidence, gaps in proof, inconsistencies, and other discrepancies that may give rise to reasonable doubt.
3. Police officers sometimes overreach.
Did the officers' conduct, in connection with your arrest and/or in gathering the evidence against you, violate your constitutional rights? If so, your defense attorney can ask a judge to throw out (or “suppress”) the unlawfully obtained evidence before your case goes to trial.
4. The Laws and Rules Are Complicated
The laws and procedures that govern a criminal case are complicated. Unless you have studied and trained in the law, it is impossible for you to know all of your rights or when those rights are being violated. An experienced criminal defense attorney will stand between you and the government; assert your rights; and protect you from an overzealous prosecutor.
5. Long Term Consequences
The decisions you make will have long-term consequences. Much is at stake in a criminal prosecution. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can offer wise counsel, based on experience, to help you make the many strategic decisions you will be faced with as your case winds its way through the criminal process.
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