If you are in need of a criminal defence lawyer, know that they will be there to help you throughout the process. They will fight for your innocence and work to get you the most lenient sentence possible, which could be anything from probation to freedom all depending on the severity of your charges. Sometimes attorneys do not take cases unless they believe in a client’s innocence.
- Some lawyers will tell you this is your trial and that you can defend yourself, but it’s not true in every case. A lawyer can give a personal opinion or strategy at trial to represent your case but they cannot control the judge or jury.
- A lawyer will always be able to give a legal opinion on the evidence without being restrained by the judge’s instructions or prosecution objections.
- During your trial a lawyer will be able to ask for more time if they need it. They can also ask for longer breaks due to complexities of the case or if the jury needs educational time, they can ask for it.
- A lawyer is not subject to strict guidelines when questioning witnesses on your behalf (whereas you are). The rules of evidence also do not apply to questions asked by your defence lawyer – unless they are irrelevant and damaging in which case a judge may cut them short or tell you not to answer them at all).
- A lawyer will have more rights than you when it comes to questioning the police or government employees involved in your case. Your lawyer will be able to ask questions without a judge’s permission and you would not know if they were asked.
- If you are looking to appeal your case and may be able to do so, a lawyer can help make that happen if she believes there was some wrongdoing on the part of the prosecution.
- If you are acquitted by a jury trial and want to sue for wrongful conviction, a lawyer can help get that money for you under certain circumstances if all other avenues have been exhausted (like getting acquitted in another court).
- There are many ways a lawyer can help you while in jail including filing for your release, help getting medical care and bail on good behaviour.
- A lawyer can make sure every day taken is not spent on the same thing (where as you have to) or even get you released on weekends or holidays if suitable reasons are put forth.
- After your trial and all legal proceedings have been completed, a lawyer can help with making arrangements for your legal representation in another court or other nation, should that be necessary (which it rarely is).
So there you have it; 10 things I’ve learned about how a criminal defense lawyer can be more than helpful to you in your personal legal issues.