If you have been charged with (or know someone that has been charged with) criminal conduct, then you are in need of a criminal defense attorney (also known as a defense attorney). These attorneys’ specialize in the defense of individuals or businesses that have been charged.
Selecting the right criminal defense attorney can be one of the hardest and most daunting tasks involved with the entire legal situation. No matter what criminal charge you are facing, you will benefit from speaking with a defense attorney. You are going to need an attorney to represent you in the courtroom, and your attorney can help you understand the full depth of the charges that have been brought against you. They can also prepare a defense for you, guide you and explain to you the plea bargains that might be offered to you, as well as, explain what will happen if you are convicted.
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering hiring a criminal defense attorney:
– Defense attorneys’ are known by the prosecutors and can often get concessions that other attorneys may miss. They often identify key pretrial issues, issue motions that may improve your situation and may even get your case dismissed.
– Depending on your charges, you will need to determine if you will need a state or federal criminal defense attorney. Each handle very specific types of cases, and having the correct attorney can give you a better chance at winning your case.
– Often times you may be able to find a defense attorney that specializes in the area you have been charged. These attorneys’ that concentrate in a specialized area often have greater resources and a deeper understanding of your case type.
– You should understand the difference between a public defender and a private attorney. A public defender is often reserved for those that are unable to afford a private attorney, however, keep in mind that these defenders have very little time and resources to commit to your case. A private attorney is devoted to you and your case.
Do your research before hiring your criminal defense attorney and make sure you feel comfortable with who will be representing you. Now is not the time to hire “Joe Blow down the street.” If you need help in researching reputable attorneys’, you can consult professional organizations, the State Bar associations, courtroom observing or by referral. Whatever you choose to do, meet with the attorney, discuss the costs involved, as well as, the details of your case and how he or she thinks they can help you.