If you’ve been charged with a crime in Florida, no matter how small, it’s in your best interest to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Here are ten reasons why you should do so:
Gain a Clear Understanding of the Charges
If you’ve been charged with a crime, an experienced criminal defense attorney will be very familiar with the legal process and will have a good sense of whether it’s possible to negotiate with the prosecutor.
Intervene on Your Behalf
Once you’ve been arrested, anything you say to the police can potentially be used against you in a court of law. By speaking to an experienced criminal defense attorney first, you can explain your side of the story in confidence and your attorney will handle the communication going forward.
Someone Whom You Can Trust
You want someone representing you who has your best interest at heart. An experienced criminal defense attorney will keep you apprised of everything and let you know the possible outcomes.
Many decisions in the court are based on precedent. By working with an experienced criminal defense attorney, their court experience and knowledge of the law and precedents can help you understand all possible outcomes. Defending yourself means all that expertise will have to be researched by you in a very short time period. Are you up for that?
An experienced criminal defense attorney will know how long your case could possibly take to resolve and will look for desirable alternative measures, such as a plea bargain, to save you time and money.
Navigate Through the Complexities and Develop a Strategy
An experienced criminal defense attorney not only has extensive knowledge of legal proceedings but can also assist you in filling out the necessary paperwork and documents and knows when to submit them. In addition, your attorney can help come up with the best criminal defense strategy, if your case moves to trial.
Examine the Prosecution’s Evidence
An experienced criminal defense attorney can recognize holes in the prosecution’s evidence and challenge the prosecution when their argument does not hold water.
Reduce the Penalties You Face
You may think the crime you’ve been accused of isn’t serious, but even common crimes, such as theft, DUI, and drug charges, can come with severe punishments and sometimes even jail time. An experienced criminal defense attorney can work with you to ensure a fair trial and/or expert representation, something you want to ensure you have when there are challenges to your freedom and serious penalties on the table.
Access to Expert Witnesses and Others Who Can Testify on Your Behalf
An experienced criminal defense attorney has access to a large network of private investigators, medical practitioners, and expert witnesses from the area who can potentially help support your case.
Ensure You Don’t Have a Criminal History
An experienced criminal defense attorney can not only potentially win your case, but if you were convicted, a criminal attorney may be able to review the case and appeal it so that the conviction doesn’t show up on your record.
When to Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney
Dean Tsourakis is an experienced Clearwater Criminal Attorney who can help you navigate your criminal defense case. No matter how small the charge, it’s not something you should take lightly. Put our expertise to work for you. Call Dean Tsourakis today. The initial consultation is free.on Jun 19, 2017