A criminal lawyer defense job is to teach, negotiate and litigate. Your lawyer will begin by explaining your legal arguments in a way you can understand. If you have been charged with a crime you need to understand the elements of the crime. You also need to know what evidence the prosecution has to support those elements.
Next your lawyer needs to be a great negotiator. Sometimes the prosecutor will offer a less serious charge when their is weak evidence. In some cases if the defendant has no criminal background the prosecutor may offer a lesser charge. A good criminal defense lawyer will negotiate on all elements until a case is resolved.
And last year your criminal defense lawyer needs needs to be a good litigator. During a jury trial, litigator skills are a must. There are many questions a defense lawyer has to ask a judge during the trial. Example: The lawyer has to ask the judge if something can be used for evidence. This process is called a Motion Hearing. This can be very critical to your case. Sometimes probable cause motion can get a case dismissed.
Criminal Defense Lawyers can specialize in:
- DUI / DWI
- Disorderly Conduct
- Domestic Violence
- Bench Warrants
- Arrest Warrants
- Parole Violations
- Hit and Run
- Bail Hearings
- Administrative Hearings
Attorneys can also specialize in white collar criminal defense:
- Attorneys provide representation for corporate clients against regulatory boards such as the SEC or Corporate crimes
These white collar defense lawyers usually charge higher.
Find a criminal defense lawyer in your area.