Although some might think that all criminal law clients are repeat offenders, it’s important to remember that a lot of individuals are facing this type of charge for the first time. There are many individuals who lead a typical life and have never been in trouble with the law. Then suddenly they find themselves facing criminal charges. This can be extremely scary and frustrating.
While some may quickly turn to a criminal defense lawyer for help, others may feel hesitant. They may feel that getting assistance from an attorney somehow implies that they are guilty and that they cannot defend themselves. This is simply not true. An attorney can help an individual whether the charge is minor or major. An experienced attorney will know the ins and outs of the court system and understand the severity of the charges.
That attorney also understands the potential consequences that may come if the individual is convicted and knows strategies that may get the charges dismissed or reduced. If a conviction is inevitable, the attorney may be able to reduce or even eliminate the amount of jail time or fines that are associated with the conviction.
Beyond that, an attorney can look at the circumstances of the incident in order to defend your case. This may involve interviewing witnesses, looking at evidence such as videos, sketches and polygraph results, and investigating the crime scene.
No matter how minor a criminal charge may seem, it may have lasting consequences if a conviction is made. It’s important to understand your rights and protect them.