If you are arrested and charged with a crime, you may feel hopeless. You may even feel like the deck is stacked against you, and the prospect of facing lawyers, judges and juries alone can be frightening.
But you don't have to fight your criminal charges alone. After your arrest, a set of criminal rights kicks in immediately. These rights are designed to protect you and ensure you receive a fair and swift trial.
One of your most important rights is the right to a criminal defense lawyer. This right is outlined by the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The amendment mandates that you may have a defense lawyer present at all stages case, from arrest through the trial to sentencing.
If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you. But, the Sixth Amendment also allows you to work with any criminal defense lawyer of your choosing. This means you don't have to settle for a court-appointed defender.
When looking for a criminal defense lawyer it's important to find someone that's a good fit for your needs. You may want a lawyer that has worked on similar cases in the past, lives in your state and is familiar with your state's laws and shares your passion for standing up for your rights.
It's also important to fully understand the role a criminal defense lawyer will play in your defense trial. Your criminal defense lawyer may be involved in the following actions:
· Offering advice on your rights and how to handle yourself
· Explaining the criminal defense process and the stages of your case
· Protecting your rights
· Crafting a thorough defense plan
· Examining evidence and facts
· Finding and examining expert witnesses to testify on your behalf
· Cross examining prosecution witnesses during the trial
· Working the trial, including making motions and objections when necessary
· Negotiating with the prosecution and the judges towards a plea bargain
And while any lawyer may, under law, serve as your attorney, when you need someone to take handle so many specialized tasks you may want to speak with a local defense lawyer.
If you want to speak with a local criminal defense lawyer, simply fill out the form on this page and we'll put you in touch with someone near you.