Should I Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney?
If you are facing criminal charges like DUI, drug crimes, felony charges or misdemeanor charges, it is important to hire a criminal defense attorney to represent your interests and protect your freedom. Some of the most important reasons to hire a criminal defense attorney are outlined below.
Focus on Criminal Law
Criminal defense attorneys focus on criminal law. Some attorneys may consider themselves as general practice lawyers and dabble in criminal law, as well as other practice areas like family law or business litigation.
However, a criminal defense lawyer, who only works on criminal law matters, develops a specialized knowledge of criminal law matters. Additionally, he or she is more familiar with local prosecutors and judges and develops a better reputation in the legal community as a criminal defense lawyer. This increases his or her credibility and leverages his or her position to receive more favorable outcomes if the prosecutor believes that a trial may not result in a conviction, which opens the door for a plea agreement for a lesser charge or sentence.
Chris A. Bugbee focuses exclusively on criminal law and brings more than 22 years of experience with him to every case.
Understanding of Criminal Procedures
Criminal defense lawyers have an in-depth understanding of criminal laws. Criminal cases involve specific procedural rules and rules of evidence that dictate how evidence must be presented to the court, how pretrial motions are filed, and how other important aspects of the case are handled. These are often very intricate rules that require a legal professional’s assistance to safely navigate through them.
Criminal defense lawyers are more familiar with criminal procedures than the average general practice lawyer. They are often better prepared to craft a legal strategy customized to your case.
Protection of Rights
A criminal defense lawyer takes all steps to protect your rights. For example, he or she can ensure that prosecutors or law enforcement officers do not talk to you without his or her presence. He or she can also challenge illegal police conduct, such as making warrantless searches or seizures. He or she can challenge evidence that was illegally obtained and hold the prosecutor to the very high burden of establishing guilt by proof beyond a reasonable doubt. A criminal defense lawyer can seek the dismissal of charges if there is inadequate evidence or inadmissible evidence.
Criminal defendants often have better outcomes compared to being unrepresented. A criminal defense lawyer may successfully argue to get charges dropped against a defendant. If he or she is contacted while an investigation is still pending, charges may never be made against the defendant. Criminal defense lawyers are familiar with effective strategies that are more likely to lead to success.
Alternative options such as probation instead of jail time, rehabilitation, or deferred prosecution may be available with careful guidance by a criminal defense lawyer. A criminal defense lawyer may reduce fines, fees, and sentences.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer
These are just a few of the reasons why it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer. The Bugbee Law Office, P.S. has provided effective legal representation to individuals facing charges like DUI, theft, burglary, drug charges, and other serious criminal offenses.
When your life and liberty is at stake, it is important that you receive legal assistance from a person most qualified to provide legal representation to address the charges you are facing.
Contact the Bugbee Law Office by calling 509-337-5082 for more information on how we can help with your criminal case.