Do You Need a Lawyer?
Benefits of Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with an offense, you are facing the possibility of having a criminal record for the rest of your life, along with the penalties of possible imprisonment, loss of employment, fines, and loss of your reputation along with other negative effects. Even if this is your first offense and you plan to plead guilty in exchange for probation or some other "good deal," do you fully understand the consequences of entering a guilty plea and how this will affect your future? Are you certain that the prosecution has a strong enough case to even take the matter to court? Before you give up your constitutional right to mount a defense, you should discuss your case with a Colorado criminal defense attorney who can evaluate the prosecution's case and advise you on the legal options that are open to you.
Effective Criminal Defense Strategies
If you have not yet been charged, this is the perfect time to consult a lawyer experienced in more than just negotiating plea bargains with prosecutors. Prosecutors only proceed with a prosecution they are convinced that they can win. An established criminal defense attorney with a formidable reputation as a criminal trial attorney can intervene even while the investigation in ongoing. Our involvement could result in a lessening of the charges or the investigation being dropped altogether. This could be based upon a violation of your constitutional rights, unreliable witness testimony, weak evidence, or a variety of other reasons.
Above all, do not give up any of your constitutional rights by speaking directly with an investigator without the advice of your legal counsel. Even though they may say they want to help you or want to hear your side, investigators are only interested in getting evidence to prove guilt, and prosecutors are only interested in gaining convictions. Many people unwittingly convict themselves in an interview, and innocence alone will not protect you from being charged and tried. Only your Colorado criminal defense lawyer can be depended upon to ensure that evidence vital to your defense is gathered and preserved, should it be needed. Your attorney can assess your case and decide whether going to trial or negotiating a plea bargain is in your best interest. To discuss the specifics of your case call Feldmann Nagel Cantafio & Song PLLC.