If you are convicted of a crime, your life will change in an instant. Criminal charges put your finances and your freedom at stake, and having a criminal defense attorney in your corner is vital. The legal system is stacked against those who represent themselves and often favors the prosecutors. By contrast, a defense lawyer can use their experience and knowledge to fight for your rights and pursue the best possible outcome for your case.
Here are five of the most prevalent ways an Illinois criminal defense lawyer can help your case.
Obviously, criminal defense attorneys earn a Juris Doctorate degree, and that means they learn about the many aspects of criminal law, including defenses to charges. Their primary duty is to vigorously defend you. Criminal lawyers use any weaknesses or inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case to prove your case.
Of course, knowing the law is one thing, but defense lawyers also know how local judges and prosecutors operate. And they can use those professional relationships to your advantage. For example, through their past experiences with these important figures, the criminal attorney understands what arguments work best for them and what arguments they despise. Knowing the people on the battlefield helps criminal lawyers devise a sound defense strategy on your behalf.
An experienced criminal defense attorney understands the importance of the discovery process, and they’ll investigate your case looking for every possible path to an acquittal or dismissal. Discovery procedures involve obtaining information from the prosecution to give you a window into their strategy against you.
Accordingly, the attorney can then utilize any tool available to defend you against the prosecution’s accusations. For example, the attorney may acquire surveillance videos and documents, question authorities, and hire expert witnesses to bolster your case.
Experienced criminal defense attorneys are used to negotiating cases, and they are adept at implementing creative ideas in criminal negotiations that most people don’t know about. When you obtain a criminal defense lawyer, they will advise you what steps to take to put you in the best position to participate in plea negotiations. You may feel strongly against a plea negotiation, but what you may not know is that lawyers can utilize various legal mechanisms to resolve your case without pleading guilty and while reducing your risk of a possible conviction.
Your legal battle will feature opponents who will try to apply pressure on you to surrender. Chief among them are the prosecutors whose main goal is to obtain a conviction and the harshest penalties possible.
Few things are as upsetting as receiving a penalty when you are falsely accused of a crime. That’s why it helps to have a criminal defense attorney advocating for you and protecting you against aggressive prosecutors. A reputable defense attorney can fight for your rights and help you prove that the prosecution has failed to meet its burden of proof.
As you might imagine, fighting a criminal case involves significant time, effort, and money. Just filing the paperwork takes time that could be better spent at your job or with your family.
Defense lawyers are accustomed to the legal process and know how to expedite tasks quickly. What’s more, they see potential problems before they happen. When you hire a criminal defense attorney, you are giving yourself your best opportunity for clearing your name fast so you can get back to your life.
A criminal defense attorney can also save you money in the following ways:
If you are accused of a crime, don’t take any chances with your freedom. Contact Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino, P.C., now. Our experienced team of Will County criminal defense attorneys will help you strategize your most effective course to defend your rights and avoid criminal charges, fines, and sentences.
Nothing is more important than your freedom. That’s why you need professional representation from the best to handle your case for you. Contact us now to schedule your consultation.
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