Some dire situations brought about by a number of things such as accidents, negligence, or human misbehaviour almost always require legal counsel and, most importantly, a criminal defense attorney.
Criminal defense attorneys do more than just ask a series of questions to witnesses in court – their job goes beyond that. They have to ensure that you get the best possible outcome from a settlement or, at least, lessen the sentence if a punishment was deemed fit. Criminal defendants are represented by lawyers, most especially when a prison sentence or a confinement in jail is imminent. There are some who choose to represent themselves, an option that is highly discouraged. It is estimated that about 1% go for this choice, and this always ends up in the disadvantage on the part of the defendant. The practice of criminal defense is a different facet of the field where there is an entirely new world of learning. Experienced criminal defense attorneys will attest to the fact that reading the textbooks alone will not be enough. Criminal defense lawyers in Wollongong by Prime Lawyers come to court armed with an arsenal of knowledge and craftiness that took years to hone, and they are the best choice to represent you.
Now that we know why we need them, what exactly do criminal defense lawyers do?
- They provide the defendants with a reality check – an intelligent perspective on the situation and the things that are most likely to happen next once their cases go to trial. This is especially important for defendants to understand if they should accept a plea bargain or not.
- Spend time doing legal research, going through gathered documents, and talking to witnesses–something that the defendant might not have the time nor the knowledge on how to do.
- Be knowledgeable about legal rules – it is nearly impossible for the defendant to know the nitty gritty legal stuff. Many criminal law rules are hidden behind court interpretations.
- They negotiate “deals” with prosecutors in order to arrange for reduced charges or to have lesser sentences. If the defendants were to represent themselves, prosecutors may become uncooperative or deliberately leave out important information if it would serve their cases better.
- They are there to help their clients cope with the embarrassment, fear, anxiety, and the reduced self-esteem that comes with being charged of criminal offenses.
- Be there to gather information from witnesses since they are less likely to talk to the defendants themselves. Witnesses are more often scared of the defendants than not and will refuse to talk to them.
- Hire investigators to help in the case. Some prosecutors may actually embellish stories at the expense of the defendants to give their cases a better chance of winning. Investigators can then contradict these stories which would be far more believable than if the defendants themselves were to claim that the prosecution is making up stories.