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If you or a loved one was arrested, you’re probably dealing with one of the scariest moments of your life. Anytime you are facing criminal charges, it’s incredibly important to hire a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney. There are many important steps a criminal defense lawyer can do to assist you with your case.
Some of the most common aspects of your case that a criminal defense lawyer will assist with include the following:
The initial consult with a potential lawyer is one of the most important meetings. At this meeting, you can explain to them what you are facing and what you need. You are able to ask questions and determine if the lawyer is a good fit for you. The criminal defense attorney will also collect information so they can determine if they think they can help you with your case. Most lawyers offer a free consultation, and this allows you to contact multiple lawyers without worrying about paying until you decide which one to hire.
After a criminal defense lawyer agrees to take your case, they will begin investigating so they can give you the best chance of success. This often includes interviewing witnesses, collecting video footage, consulting with expert witnesses, and anything else they think is relevant to your case.
Once your lawyer gathers enough evidence and speaks with you and any other witnesses, they will begin to analyze the case in detail. They will look at any evidence they have and will start thinking about what the best defense is. Your lawyer will make a determination as to whether they think your case can be won, or if it’s a better idea to seek a plea agreement. Ultimately, whether you go to trial or accept an offer is solely up to you. Your lawyer is just there to guide you.
You will get to decide if you want a trial in front of a judge or a jury. If you decide you want a jury trial, your lawyer will pick the jury that they believe will give you the best opportunity for success. Picking a jury may sound simple, but it’s an art to determine who should or shouldn’t be selected.
Once the jury is chosen, or once the judge trial begins, your lawyer will litigate the case and defend you in court. During the trial, they will question the prosecution’s witnesses, defense witnesses, experts, and present any evidence that they believe will help you. They will make the best argument possible for why you should be found not guilty.
If upon the conclusion of the trial you are found guilty, your lawyer will then help you with sentencing. They do this by presenting mitigation and explaining to the court why you deserve leniency and shouldn’t spend time in jail.
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For a free initial consultation about your case, please call my Breckenridge office at (970) 453-5533 or send me an email. I have been practicing law for more than 20 years and understand what to do to ensure that you have the best chance at a positive outcome. If you or a loved one needs help, don’t hesitate to contact me.