Being accused of a criminal offense can be frightening and distressing, whether guilty or innocent. It can even be more upsetting when the other party is determined to send you to prison, and they have access to government resources. And if it’s your first time in this situation, the legal and criminal process can be confusing and overwhelming.
When laying out your case, there is paperwork to file, questions to answer from police officers, and evidence to gather. Any small mistake with these processes could jeopardize your claim and mean a higher sentence, fine, or felony charge on your record. Don’t risk it.
Hiring a professional criminal defense lawyer can reduce stress and significantly increase your chances of winning the case. Unless you know your way around the legal system, trying and navigating the criminal justice system alone is not a good idea. A criminal defense attorney will assess your case, build the best defense, and protect your rights.
Reasons to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney
Knowledge of the Legal System
Criminal defense lawyers are skilled in criminal law and, in most cases, have been practicing it for decades. Therefore, they know the intricacies of the legal system and stand a better chance at building a solid case against your complainant.
They will review our case, evaluate all the evidence brought forward, and identify loopholes that can work in your favor. If you have limited knowledge about criminal and legal procedures, you’ll likely not understand what your charges mean, let alone the consequences of those charges. Having someone with knowledge of criminal defense law, experience with similar cases, and a good reputation increases your chances of building a solid defense.
Navigate the Legal System
In criminal law, it’s imperative to understand the parties involved, including prosecution lawyers and judges, to win your case. Additionally, an understanding of the criminal law process will increase your chances.
If you decide to defend yourself, you’ll likely be in unchartered waters if you don’t know how the other parties operate. In addition, a prosecutor could consider you an easy target when they know you’re unrepresented. On the other hand, criminal attorneys often interact with prosecution lawyers and judges so they better understand their working methods. As a result, they know what arguments work best for them and their biggest dislikes. Your attorney can use this knowledge to their advantage. After all, prosecutors and judges are human beings with their own quirks.
This knowledge enables criminal lawyers to plan an intelligent defense strategy and know whether to go for a plea bargain or proceed to trial.
Protection from Harsh Penalties
In a criminal case, the prosecution is your greatest enemy. They will do everything they can to destroy you and get a win for their client.
If you have been falsely accused of a crime, receiving a penalty for something you didn’t do can be distressing. However, an experienced criminal attorney can protect you from harsh prosecutors by helping you prove your case and avoiding severe penalties. If you are found guilty, your attorney will ensure you receive a fair punishment, such as a reduced sentence or lower fine.
Resources to Efficiently Handle Your Case
Reputable criminal defense lawyers have the resources and staff to handle cases effectively. It’s more than appearing in court to argue your case; it involves gathering evidence, cross-examining witnesses, preparing winning strategies, and a contingency plan if Plan A fails.
Experienced criminal lawyers have access to court resources to help their clients. Even if you hire an attorney, you might be eligible for court funds for expert witnesses or a court-appointed private investigator. Criminal lawyers can efficiently use the resources and find experts to maximize the court’s resources. As a result, your criminal lawyer can focus on your case while you handle your daily life.
Save Time and Money
The time spent filling out legal paperwork and following up on your case could be spent elsewhere, such as at work or caring for your family. Criminal defense attorneys are familiar with all legal proceedings relating to your case. As a result, they know how to speed up or slow down the process and foresee issues before they happen. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer is your best shot at clearing your name quickly and returning to everyday life.
Having an attorney by your side also saves you money in the long run. Criminal restitution is often disputed successfully, saving clients significantly more money than an attorney’s fee. Additionally, an attorney will ensure they preempt charges such as court costs, fines, and miscellaneous fees against you. If you’re found guilty, they will also negotiate for lower penalties, saving you huge costs that can endanger your finances.
Experienced & Respected Criminal Defense
If you are arrested or charged with any criminal offense, don’t wait to contact a professional criminal defense attorney. The Law Offices of Brian E. Gonzalez, P.A., have the skill and experience to handle any criminal charge. When you retain us to handle your criminal case, you get a lawyer who highly values your freedom, future, and reputation.
Get a fair assessment of your situation and sustain a greater likelihood of success. To schedule a free initial case review, call 813-224-0632 or fill out our contact form.