What to expect DURING your first court appearance
If you are facing a criminal charge, no matter how minor, you should talk to a defense attorney to fully understand your case.
A consultation with an experienced attorney will help you to understand the charges placed against you, the defenses available, what if any plea bargains may be offered to you, and what you should do if you are convicted. We offer free consultations – just contact us. If you are facing a serious charge, however, it is highly recommended that you have a skilled defense attorney represent you in court.
Criminal defense attorneys represent people who have a lawsuit filed against them or are charged with criminal conduct. We focus our practice on criminal defensein the California area, so we often know the prosecutors involved, can get negotiations concessions that other attorneys may not have access to, and have already handled many cases similar to yours.
What Does A Defense Attorney Do?
If you are looking at prison time or a criminal penalty, it is extremely important to hire a criminal defense lawyer. The legal system is designed and biased so that representing yourself in a criminal trial and expecting a good result is almost impossible. A great criminal defense lawyer knows the ins and outs of the legal system, and may be able to spot certain arguments and factors that could mitigate or even negate a potential crime.
Hiring a criminal defense lawyer has multiple benefits and provides you the opportunity to the best possible outcome for your trial, which you would not be able to achieve on your own.
For example, a criminal defense lawyer can:
- Point out legal rules and regulations. Many rules and laws about criminal prosecutions are buried within regulations and laws, and even prior court opinions.
- Work with you and the prosecutor to negotiate a plea bargains, if necessary. A plea bargain can often reduce your potential sentence or eliminate some.
- Your criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate your sentence to prevent you from winding back in court house.
In addition to these, a criminal defense lawyer can provide you peace of mind. You can rest assured that your criminal defense lawyer is going to do their best to defend you and achieve the highest possible outcome for you- whether it is getting the charges dropped in an unjust case, or negotiating a fair sentencing in the case that you are found guilty.
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