When Do I Need A
Criminal Defense Attorney?
Frequently, a police officer will contact you before you’re charged, hoping to obtain a confession. You have the right to an attorney present during questioning. The police don’t warn you of that right because they often haven’t placed you in formal custody prior to the discussion. The police use this strategy hoping to make their case easier to prove. Whenever contacted by the police, always ask for time to confer with Counsel. That’s usually the time to retain an attorney.
When charged with a crime and facing jail or prison, you should never be without an attorney. You may have been taken to jail, posted bond and now must follow the court system for dealing with the criminally accused. Fortunately, you are not presumed guilty. The strong presumption of innocence remains with you unless the prosecutor proves your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Hiring a criminal defense attorney is essential to protect your rights and make the prosecution meet its burden of proof. Whether guilty as charged or wrongly accused, having an attorney is essential to protect your rights, fight for your freedom and advise you throughout.
Sometimes a resolution without trial, a plea bargain, may be necessary depending on the evidence against you. Often the prosecutor has weaknesses in their case and a criminal defense lawyer can articulate reasons a case should be dismissed or at least a better resolution offered. The stakes are high when facing a conviction with the prospects of jail, prison, or even probation. You should never stand by yourself. The government has an attorney and so should you.
A criminal defense lawyer can protect you from the power of the government, make the prosecutor prove you guilty and raise Constitutional issues. Sometimes it’s necessary to hire experts to counter the prosecution and educate the jury.
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The criminal defense attorneys at The Defenders, a division of the Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, have handled thousands of cases involving misdemeanors and felonies throughout Nevada and offer a free consultation and payment plans.