Being charged with a single criminal offence (or multiple offences) often brings with these charges a host of negative, overwhelming emotions. It does not matter whether you are innocent or guilty, just the fact that you have been arrested and charged with a crime is enough to cause panic and anxiety.
Therefore, if you find yourself in this situation, it is a good idea to hire a criminal defence attorney from a firm of attorneys like the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates.
What is a criminal defence lawyer?
Before we look at reasons to hire a legal expert to defend you against the criminal charges, let’s look at a comprehensive definition of a criminal defence attorney:
According to wikipedia.com, a criminal defence lawyer is a “lawyer specializing in the defence of individuals and companies charged with criminal activity.” Furthermore, there are two classes of defence attorneys:
- Privately retained attorneys that will charge their clients a specific amount to mount a defence.
- For those who cannot afford a private attorney, there are court-appointed attorneys who make themselves available to represent indigent people.
Reasons why you should hire a criminal defence attorney
It is perhaps reasonable to assume that it is acceptable to mount your defence. However, this is not a wise decision. Here are several arguments why:
Complexities of the criminal law
A criminal defence attorney specialises in the study of the different aspects of the criminal law. And, cases are often won and lost depending on how well the case is argued. In other words, you might be innocent, but because you cannot argue your case with authority, you run the risk of being found guilty. This is arguably the single most important argument for the retention of a criminal defence attorney to represent you at your trial.
Reduction of stress levels
As mentioned above, being arrested for a crime that you did or did not commit is stressful enough, especially if it is the first time you are arrested. Thus, you will reduce your anxiety levels and heart rate by hiring a legal expert who is well-versed in the criminal court proceedings to advise and guide you through the process.
Know your rights during police questioning
Even if you are blameless, but you have been implicated in a crime, the police will question you. And, based on the initial round of questioning, they will decide whether to arrest you or not. Again, this cannot be emphasised enough; it is vital to retain an attorney during the questioning sessions irrespective of whether you are guilty of committing a crime or not. A criminal defence attorney will help you protect yourself from being implicated in the crime by saying the wrong thing.
Trial or plea bargain
An experienced attorney will be able to advise you on the merits of taking your matter to trial or accepting a plea bargain that might be offered by the prosecuting attorney. Primarily, this decision will be made based on how easy, or difficult, your attorney believes it will be for the prosecutor to prove that you are guilty.