Criminal Defense Attorneys
A criminal defense attorney is a legal professional who specializes in defending individuals and companies who are charged with criminal conduct. In the United States, criminal defense lawyers represent defendants at all stages of the criminal process including arrest, criminal investigation, prosecution and sentencing. Keep in mind that even if you have been charged with a crime, you are innocent until proven guilty.
A good criminal defense attorney is essential during the investigational process as he or she may be able to prevent charges from being filed or influence the prosecutor to file lesser charges.
When to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing the possibility to jail or prison time, you need to be represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney. If the evidence is weak or there are procedural concerns, the prosecutor may be willing to offer a plea bargain (where you admit to a lesser charge) to resolve the case without going to trial. An experienced defense attorney will use the weak evidence and the procedural issues to your advantage to negotiate a more favorable plea or to get the charges dropped altogether.
Convictions involving juvenile delinquency and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have serious penalties and long-term consequences. Juveniles hoping to qualify for financial aid may be ineligible with these charges on their records. A loss of your driver’s license can affect your job and domestic violence cases can restrict your ability to own a weapon. If you have been attested, it is a good idea to talk to a criminal defense attorney in your area to learn about your rights and how to proceed.
A criminal defense attorney can represent you if you have any of the following charges:
- Assault and battery
- Immigration issues
- DMV hearings
- Sex offenses
- Drug cases, including medicinal marijuana defense
- Domestic violence
- Murder and homicide
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Other driving offenses (such as reckless driving, property damage, etc.)