Any time you are accused of a crime, you need to know that you have the opportunity to fight back and defend yourself. You should be aware that you’re not automatically guilty just because you’ve been accused, and you won’t necessarily be convicted just because of an accusation, either.
In America, there is a presumption of innocence in the criminal justice system. The prosecution has to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you are guilty of the crimes they’re accusing you of.
Whether you’re facing drug charges, charges for assault or others, you deserve the opportunity to build a strong defense and avoid an unfair conviction.
How will your criminal defense attorney help you?
Criminal defense attorneys have an important job. They go over each aspect of the case and look for ways that it can be challenged. For instance, they may look at the traffic stop involved in a DUI case to determine if it was legal. If the officer had no reason to stop you, then the entire case against you could be null and void.
They’ll also look at ways to negate any evidence that may be used against you and, if necessary, negotiate with the prosecution to see if they can get some kind of plea deal for you. Depending on your circumstances and whether or not there is a high risk of a conviction, a plea deal could help minimize the penalties you’ll face in the future.
You need to know how to represent yourself
It’s necessary for anyone facing a criminal charge to be aware of how they’re presenting themselves in court and to make sure they are representing themselves positively.
Your attorney will help you learn what to do or not do in court, how to dress and how to speak with the judge or others you come into contact with if you have to go to trial. Having this support can make it easier for you to understand what’s going to come next and how you can take steps to protect yourself against the possibility of a conviction for the charges filed against you.