Depending on your crime and charges, you may be facing severe consequences and penalties. Despite what you know about your case, you need a qualified attorney to put you in the best position to move forward. An experienced criminal defense attorney understands your state’s system and can speak the language of the prosecutors trying your case. An attorney who is familiar with your situation and has handled similar cases will help level the playing field and make a case for your defense.
Here are just some of the ways you will benefit from having a criminal defense attorney represent you.
Analyze the charges against you
Sometimes, it can be challenging to know how the charges against you were decided, and what those charges mean. Your lawyer will be able to look into your specific circumstances and make sure that the case against you aligns with what actually happened. They will be allowed to visit the scene of the crime and interview witnesses in your case. Your lawyer will also have access to official reports, documents, and physical evidence that the prosecution may use against you. They will be able to identify if there are any holes in the evidence or gaps in proof that could help prove reasonable doubt in your case.
Investigate arresting officer’s conduct
There are times when the offices involved in charges against you did not follow protocol when collecting evidence. This is a violation of your constitutional rights, and an attorney can help determine if this happened in your case and how unlawful evidence can be dropped from the case.
Help you understand what is happening
The legal system contains many moving pieces and can seem complicated if you don’t know what you’re dealing with. Your attorney can help you understand what’s happening with your proceedings. Beyond that, they will protect you from being taken advantage of or being tricked or coerced into saying things you don’t want to say.
Build a case for your defense
Perhaps you have an alibi for the crime or acted in self-defense before your arrest. Your lawyer will gather your case’s information to build your defense in a way that weakens the case against you. This could mean finding holes in the evidence or determining the reliability of the witnesses.
Help you make decisions
Once your attorney gathers all of the information they need on your case, they’ll be able to give you advice on which choices to make moving forward. They can foresee what may or may not happen at trial. Your attorney will advise you on whether or not you should take a plea, whether you should testify, or any provide strategic solutions that could help the outcome of your case.
Represent you at your trial
Your attorney will work and speak on your behalf in front of the judge or jury. A seasoned criminal law attorney will know the right things to say to present your defense.
At the time, it may seem like a good idea to get advice from the internet and attempt to represent yourself. However, online information should not take the place of real legal advice from a qualified attorney. Every case is different, and you need an attorney that can help you make the best choices to benefit your future.
If you’re looking for a Houston criminal defense attorney, call the offices of Christopher T. Gore. Tell us about your case, and we will let you know how we can best represent you moving forward.