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Posted on March 12, 2013 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky
Whether you have been arrested for or convicted of a crime, the expertise of a criminal defense lawyer can make the difference between freedom and imprisonment. Even the reality that you are merely suspected of a crime can be a fearful and stressful experience. An attorney is uniquely prepared to defend your constitutional rights during every phase of the criminal justice process.
Preparing a Defense Strategy
There can be little doubt that the criminal justice system is riddled with complex legal procedures. If you are suspected of a crime, or you have been arrested for a crime that you didn’t commit, you will require the services of a professional who understands the idiosyncrasies of the criminal justice system. This comes from many years of legal training and experience.
It may be possible to have your case dismissed, negotiate a reduction of charges or arrange a favorable plea agreement with the prosecuting attorney. Fighting for the rights of the accused never comes easy. A successful criminal defense requires an expert appraisal of the evidence and the circumstances that led to an arrest. Every criminal case is totally unique.
Your defense attorney will compare your version of events with the charge of wrongdoing by law enforcement officials. Every piece of evidence, statement, document and timeline will be scrutinized on your behalf. The ongoing collaboration between you and your criminal defense attorney is a crucial part of building a successful defense strategy.
It is never a good idea to speak with law enforcement officials prior to speaking with an attorney. Any statement you make to your attorney is legally protected by attorney-client privilege. Your attorney will seek to corroborate your version of events in order to counter the claims of the prosecuting attorney. A defendant may respond to a criminal charge in any of the following ways:
- Complete denial of the charges
- An admission that includes a different explanation of events than alleged by the prosecution
- A confession that accepts the claims of the prosecutor
Your attorney will produce a theory to best explain the events that led to criminal charges being filed. Even if you are innocent of all charges, it is wise to seek legal counsel before you make any statement to authorities. Your attorney cannot knowingly encourage you or a witness to commit perjury. If necessary, your attorney will thoroughly prepare you for trial in a court of law.
Whatever criminal charge you may be facing, a hard-hitting criminal defense specialist knows how to protect your personal liberties. When your freedom is on the line, you need the best criminal defense lawyer you can find. Even if you’re only a suspect in a criminal investigation, your freedom is at risk. Nearly any criminal violation can lead to incarceration, community service or suspension of driving privileges.
If you need help preparing a legal defense for a specific case, speak to Brett Podolsky at 713-227-0087.