Whenever you have been
accused of a crime, no matter how large or how small, you will have the opportunity to represent
yourself in court. The purpose of court is being able to explain your
side of the story and provide evidence to a judge and jury that will prove
your innocence. However, self-representation in court is extremely difficult,
and it is estimated that less than 1% of all suspects in criminal cases
choose to represent themselves. When you are facing prison or jail time
in connection with these accusations, it is important that you take every
possible step to protect your freedoms. In most instances, this will involve
retaining the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Why should I hire a lawyer?
Many people wonder why attorneys are even necessary. In fact, popular representations
of lawyers are not very friendly, and rarely do they highlight many of
the crucial functions served by lawyers. Much of what defense attorneys
do spans simply speaking with witnesses or knowing the nuances of the
law- it involves navigating the complex terrain of the legal system as a whole.
Some of reasons a criminal defense attorney is important includes:
- Hiring, retaining, and managing experts and investigators
- Negotiating deals with the prosecution
- Gathering information from the prosecution’s witnesses
- Developing sentencing agreements catered to your needs
- Familiarity with local courtroom procedures and customs
- Understanding statutes, codes, and interpretations of the law
- Acting as a resource to cope with feelings of fear and anxiety
- Serving a reality check for clients and managing expectations
criminal cases is made difficult primarily due to the wide divide between the law as
written on paper and the actual practice involved in criminal defense.
Anyone can read books on the law, the courtroom, trials, and punishments,
but much of what is practiced by lawyers is the nuances not taught in
a book that can drastically change the outcome of the case. Two examples
of this is the type of prosecutor assigned to the case and how their individual
decisions can make a difference, and the large role that the community
and public opinion can play on the judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement
overseeing the trial. While the criminal defense proves is intended to
be unbiased, there are multiple avenues where personal feelings can cloud
the outcome of a case.
Have you been charged with a crime? Don’t leave your future to chance.
Work with the criminal defense attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC and protect
your rights. With over 50 years of combined legal experience, you can
be confident that our attorneys operate only with your best interests in mind.