Criminal Defense Lawyer

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
  • Assault
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Kidnapping
  • Domestic Violence
  • Bench Warrants
  • Arrest Warrants
  • Murder
  • Parole Violations
  • Hit and Run
  • Summonses
  • 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
  • Price-fixing
  • Racketeering
  • Bribery

These white collar defense lawyers usually charge higher.

Find a criminal defense lawyer in your area.