You may be asking yourself this question right now. The answer is yes, and not because lawyers want to make money but because hiring an attorney can benefit you in many ways. Going to court without a lawyer can cost you more money, more time and have many unexpected consequences (losing your license, losing your job, affecting your insurance, hurting you in another case such as custody or probation).
A criminal defense attorney has experience dealing with the system. This means that your attorney will be familiar with the prosecutors, judges, officers and various other court officials involved in your case. This experience allows your attorney to know the local practices and procedures so that your case will be handled competently. This also means that your attorney may be able to help you with things like getting a continuance to a date that works better for your specific satiation, or helping you post bond or waving certain court appearances for you.
A criminal defense attorney has experience specifically in criminal law. The attorneys here at the Cantafio & Song PLLC law firm are all well versed in the specific statutory and constitutional law in a wide variety of criminal cases. This is important because an attorney who specializes in a particular area of law is an expert in the constantly changing laws and procedures. A specialized attorney will be able to tell you how your situation will affect you in court, in your job and about other consequences such as your driver’s license and immigration matters.
A criminal defense attorney has experience in negotiations and trial. The job of your attorney is to plead your case to the district attorney and to fight for you. Your attorney could negotiate for a certain plea agreement or a certain type of sentence. Your attorney could be filing motions on your behalf to obtain more information or limit admissible evidence. And if you want to have a trial, then your attorney is your voice in court to plead your innocence to the jury. Contact our expert criminal law group for more information or to assist you in your defense, at 1-(888) 458-0991.