One of the challenges we face as a criminal lawyer is the introduction to the criminal justice system that most people have. Unfortunately, most people only have knowledge of the criminal justice system based on what they have seen on TV and movies. However, this is often far from the truth and does not give a fair representation of how the criminal justice system actually works. As a criminal lawyer, we know that much of a case happens behind the scenes; and is often without the flamboyant lawyer that comes up with the perfect hair and teeth that you see on a Hollywood soap opera. It is important that you understand that your criminal lawyer is actually the person who is going to fight hard for you to make sure that you get a not guilty or acquitted verdict. If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to understand that no amount of Hollywood-knowledge is going to protect you from an overzealous prosecutor who wants to make an example of you by seeking the maximum penalties.
At the same time, it is important to understand that as a criminal lawyer we are going to find the best avenue to get you a plea bargain, or to get you acquitted, so that you can go on with your life and not have to worry about the consequences of dealing with the criminal justice system for a long time to come.
There are many things that we find amusing, and sometimes not so amusing, when it comes to the way that the criminal justice system is represented in popular culture. One of these is the idea that it is always best for you to get up and testify in your own defense. Here is a simple truth. While in the normal world it is often the best to simply tell the truth, for example when a parent asks a child if they stole a cookie, honesty is certainly the best policy. At the same time, you need to understand that when you are testifying in your own defense, even if you are completely innocent, it is an extremely large risk. The reason is that your testimony does not exist within a bubble. In the courtroom, it is not only what you say, but how it is said and how it is viewed by a jury that matters. As such, every case is unique which is why we will advise you on a case-by-case basis whether or not you should take the stand in your own defense.
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We can work with you and prepare a strong defense that gives you the best opportunity for success. This requires time and careful planning so the sooner you contact our office, the better. We will discuss the details of your case, what happened, and what the outcome of the charges could be upon a conviction. You can assist with this planning process by letting us know about any potential witnesses or evidence that could prove your innocence. While we cannot guarantee what the outcome of your trial will be, you can be certain that your case will be handled by a professional dedicated to your freedom.