Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney Even If You are Innocent
If you have been convicted of a crime you know you didn’t commit, it may be tempting to represent yourself when your case goes to court. However, even if you didn’t commit the crime, there are many benefits of having a criminal defense attorney representing you — most importantly, not going to jail for a crime you are innocent of.
The criminal justice system isn’t perfect, and people make mistakes. Unfortunately, that sometimes means that innocent people get convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. To win your case and do everything you can to protect your freedom, you need to have a strong case and skilled legal representation.
It’s the prosecution’s job to get a guilty verdict. If you don’t have a comprehensive understanding of the law, you are at a severe disadvantage against them. Today, we will take a look at some of the most important reasons you should hire expert legal counsel for your case, especially if you are innocent.
Your Attorney Can Review the Investigation
When evidence points to a specific suspect in a crime, police and prosecutors tend to make up their minds before arresting the suspect. If this happens, police may stop investigating the case after arresting the suspect and even ignore further evidence that could hurt their case.
Your criminal defense attorney can and will look into the details of the investigation and make sure that police have documented all evidence and ruthlessly hunt for evidence that supports your case and lack of evidence that can help exonerate you.
Your Attorney Can Explain What’s Happening
A defense attorney understands court procedures and knows what is going on with the trial. Unless you have a professional law background, your criminal defense attorney knows the ins and outs of the system better than you do. They can help you understand what is going on throughout the trial, inform you on your testimony, point out the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and help you fight for your freedom.
Your Attorney Gathers the Necessary Witnesses and Evidence
Often, witnesses to a crime may be uncomfortable interacting with a person accused of a crime, and understandably so. However, if an attorney contacts them, they tend to feel more comfortable helping with the case.
Your criminal defense attorney will also have a better understanding of what witnesses could be beneficial to your case, as well as where to look for evidence. They also know what investigators or expert witnesses to call on to examine the witnesses presented by the prosecution.
Your Defense Attorney Can Negotiate on Your Behalf
The prosecutor may not offer any negotiations if you choose to represent yourself or if you have selected a court-appointed attorney. However, if you hire a criminal defense attorney, they can work with the prosecutor to negotiate plea deals or negotiate your sentence if necessary.
There is also the possibility that the prosecution may offer you a shorter sentence if you plead guilty to the charges. It could be tempting to accept the offer when you represent yourself, even if you are innocent, just to put this all behind you. That’s the intent. Do not accept any deal before speaking with your attorney.
It’s essential to know the consequences of accepting a plea deal. A criminal defense attorney knows how the legal system works and will be able to inform you of the consequences of accepting a plea or a verdict.
Your Attorney Can Help When You Are Arrested
If the police have already arrested you, they as well as the prosecutor already believe you are guilty. Therefore, insisting that you are innocent will not change their minds.
The most important thing to remember is not to answer any questions or make any statements to the police or the prosecutor. The only thing you should say is that you want your lawyer. You have the right to have an attorney present, and you should not say a word until your criminal defense attorney has arrived.
Let Andrew Schwartz Help Prevent Your Charges from Becoming Convictions
It can be devastating when you get charged with a crime you know you didn’t commit. And having a solid defense can mean the difference between a conviction and your freedom, so don’t take the chance by defending yourself.
Criminal defense attorney Andrew L Schwartz, P.C. is a former prosecutor and has the experience needed to help you through your trial. Having a former prosecutor representing you can enhance your case significantly. We help you carry the burden you are facing when facing criminal charges.
If you have been accused of a crime, let Andrew L. Schwartz, P.C. help protect your freedom. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.