When a person commits a crime, it is like gambling. You may get away with whatever you are attempting, be it shoplifting a candy bar or killing your neighbor. Then again you may not get away with it, and hiring a lawyer is the first thing many people think of when they get caught and are accused of a crime. What could a criminal defense attorney do to help an accused person? Let us explore that question.
Aside from the usual work of calling witnesses and cross examining of witnesses that the prosecution has called to testify against you, there are a number of other jobs that your criminal defense attorney should or could be doing on your behalf.
Your attorney should try to work with you and the prosecution towards a plea bargain or a deal that can often limit your time of incarceration. Trying to get a plea bargain without the aid of a criminal defense attorney is difficult and many prosecutors will not work with a person who chooses to represent himself in court of law. An attorney is also going to be able to put what is happening during your trial in perspective for you to fully understand what is going on. This will allow you to make the most informed decision about how you want your case handled.
Many defendants go through a range of emotions during trial proceedings. Depression, anxiety, fear and embarrassment are a few and without prior knowledge to how court proceedings and trials work ,it can harm a defendant mentally and change how a he may think about his current situation and what the future holds. A good criminal defense attorney can help guide a person through these emotions by using their court room experience as a tool to gauge what could happen next and knowing what to expect can take a lot of stress out of an already stressful situation.
Your criminal defense attorney is also going to be able to navigate and understand the intricate web that laws seem to weave. With sections, and sub sections and articles, law is written in a nearly undecipherable language to most common folk. A lawyer will be able spend the time to go through the law books and work angles that a defendant may not think about or have the time to even consider, that is his job, to work on the case for you.
There are many advantages to hiring a criminal defense attorney, but it is important to find an attorney that fits your case. Asking questions and taking a little time could mean the difference between finding a good lawyer and finding the best lawyer for your current situation.