Lawyers do much more than question witnesses in an effort to defend a case. They make sure the client’s every right is represented under the law. Even if you have only been accused of a misdemeanor, it is important to seek adequate representation. Many people accused of crimes forgo representation because of cost or other personal reasons, but this can lead to an unjust charge. A criminal defense lawyer’s job is to build a strong case for you using all the tools at his or her disposal.
If you have been accused of a crime, you will need to attend an arraignment in court. This pre-trial arraignment serves as a formal reading of the charges brought against you. At the arraignment, you or your attorney will have to officially respond to the charges with a plea. A lawyer will tell you the best possible way to respond to these charges based on how he or she plans to represent you at trial. Afterwards, your attorney will have time to investigate the charges and examine the evidence to build your case. All the while, the attorney on the other side is doing the same thing to build a case against you.
Criminal defense lawyers use their in-depth knowledge of state and federal laws to find the best defenses for your case. Your attorney will:
Before the trial, your attorney may attempt to settle the case by negotiating with the prosecutor. The prosecutor may offer a plea bargain, for instance, lessening your charges and sentencing in return for a guilty plea. Your attorney will advise you how to respond to this type of situation. Without the advice of an experienced attorney, this can be a potentially damaging situation; guilty charges can remain on your record for life and can be seen by potential employers.
If you have been accused of a crime, no matter the severity, speak with a criminal defense lawyer. The attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan law are experienced in criminal defense and several other areas of practice. We will represent your case carefully and with confidence. Based in Boston, we work with clients throughout Massachusetts. We are a family of attorneys with years of trial experience. We take pride in obtaining consistently excellent results for our clients. Contact us today to begin building your defense.