What a Good Criminal Attorney Can Do For You
If you are facing serious criminal charges then it is advisable to hire a good criminal lawyer to represent you. Defendants in Tampa should seek the services of a Tampa criminal attorney as soon as possible to begin work on defending their case. Hiring someone who is experienced with your type of case will give you the best chance of achieving the outcome you want.
If hiring a private Tampa criminal attorney is out of the question then you do have the option of requesting a court appointed lawyer at your pre-trial hearing or arraignment. Criminal law is complex and representing yourself is not the best option particularly if you face going to jail for a lengthy term. It is worth noting that court appointed counsel have only marginally lower success rates in criminal cases than private attorney’s.
It may not seem immediately obvious what a criminal attorney can do for you, beyond providing legal advice. It may surprise you to realize the extent of the services and work that they do on a case, including the following:
Work with the prosecution to negotiate deals such as lesser penalties or reduced charges.
Produce a sentencing program to help the defendant avoid further charges in the future
Support defendants who may be fearful of the outcome of the case
Provide realistic advice to defendants about the potential outcome of their case should they be found guilty.
Advise on whether or not to accept entering into a plea bargain in return for a reduced sentence
Be familiar and knowledgeable on state law and legislation, as well as legal proceedings and paperwork
Be familiar with court personnel and procedure
Spend the necessary amount of time needed to build a successful defense
Present evidence for the defense including witnesses and evidence gathered from private investigators
Hiring a Tampa criminal attorney means your case will be managed at every stage. You will receive expert advice and knowledge about the nature of your case, the potential fallout and the impact for your future. A lawyer will not only deal with all necessary paperwork but they will represent you at all pre-trial hearings, communicate will all necessary parties and present a good argument for your defense at your trial.
You need to be able to work with them and have confidence in their ability to achieve the outcome you want. This means you need to be open and honest about the charges against you, the circumstances in which you were arrested and on any other information which could be pertinent to your case. Hiring a lawyer can be an expensive undertaking but one which will see you benefit from the knowledge and experience only a criminal attorney can provide.