You don’t always need a lawyer to handle legal matters. Things like parking tickets or photo radar/red light tickets can often be handled on your own. But what do you do if you’ve been accused of a crime or are already facing criminal charges? The short answer is, hire an experienced and dedicated criminal defense lawyer.
Criminal charges can be tricky, and navigating that particular facet of our legal system on your own and getting a positive result is virtually unheard of. The fact about a criminal trial is that it depends on so many different factors that an outcome is hard to predict. You need to take into account the prosecution, the evidence they’ve gathered, how witnesses may testify; the list goes on and on.
While the criminal defense attorneys at Wolf Law LLC can’t ensure the outcome of any case, we can ensure that we’ll use our years of experience, our compassion, and our diligence to fight for the best result possible. But if that’s not enough for you, here are some other reasons why you should hire a criminal defense attorney to handle your case:
- Being convicted of a crime could change your life. Without the help of an experienced attorney, your case is not likely to turn out well. Carrying a criminal record around with you for the rest of your days is no laughing matter. From getting a job to getting a loan, any black mark on your record is going to come with some serious challenges.
- A public defender just doesn’t have the time. Despite the fact that public defenders are supposed to be limited to only 150 cases per year, it’s not at all uncommon for a single public defender to handle well over 500 cases a year. That means by the time your case lands on their desk, they may only have an hour or two to spend on preparation. When you bring your case to a criminal defense lawyer, you do so knowing that he or she will dedicate all the time needed to defend you in court.
- By contrast, a criminal defense lawyer is your best advocate. Most attorneys do what they do because they want to help. They know you’re trusting them with your well-being and, unlike a public defender, they can afford to dedicate as much time and attention as your case requires to achieve the best possible outcome.
- Hiring a lawyer is cheaper than being convicted. While you may save on lawyer’s fees if you represent yourself, a loss in court or a conviction can mean financial disaster. When the alternative is to risk facing hefty fines and court costs, and/or losing your job, home, and car, it’s a much better idea to go ahead and hire an attorney.
- A lawyer can look for weak spots in the prosecution’s evidence. A good criminal defense lawyer knows what loopholes to look out for in the evidence, and they know how to recognize when the prosecution is making a shifty move in an attempt to get a conviction.
- We’ll handle all the paperwork. Don’t be fooled by movies or TV shows; there are no court clerks or administrative assistants who are going to help you fill out the necessary paperwork. An attorney not only knows what paperwork needs to be filled out, but how to submit it and follow up on its status.
- Defense attorneys are experts when it comes to the law. Chances are, you don’t know every aspect of the laws that are relevant to your case. No amount of crime, lawyer, or cop shows can possibly prepare you for what a real criminal trial entails. Criminal defense lawyers attend school for years to amass the knowledge required to successfully argue a case. It is no different than when you are sick and need or a doctor or when you car breaks down and you need a mechanic.
- Defense attorneys know all about pleas and plea bargains. Regardless of how minor you think the charges against you are, they can still come with serious consequences like jail time, fines, and more. In some situations, where the best option is striking a “deal” with the prosecution, an attorney can help to make sure that the plea bargain reached is as fair and beneficial to you as possible.
- A good criminal defense lawyer will have connections. Note, these are not the kind of connections that can get you “off the hook”, but they can help solidify your case. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will have local acquaintances, expert witnesses, and/or private investigators to call on to strengthen their argument and confront the evidence against you.
In short, it’s very likely that hiring a criminal defense attorney will be the make or break factor in your case. The list we’ve provided contains only a handful of the reasons why hiring a lawyer to handle your trial is the best course of action. Think of it like doing a complicated repair on your car or tackling a life threating medical condition. If your engine fails, you probably aren’t equipped to safely fix it on your own. If you’re diagnosed with a serious medical ailment, you definitely shouldn’t treat yourself. The same goes with being accused of a crime.
Even if you do have legal experience, even if you’ve been to trial before, don’t attempt to represent yourself when facing criminal charges. Experienced lawyers rarely represent themselves in court; so why would you?
If you’re being accused of a crime or are facing criminal charges, team up with the attorneys at Wolf Law LLC. We’re dedicated to our clients and have years of experience tackling tough cases with compassion. Your first consultation is free and everything you discuss with us is 100% confidential. Let Wolf Law, LLC help you with experienced and compassionate representation. Whatever you’re up against, whatever the challenges, call Wolf Law first at 720-479-8574.