Criminal Defense Attorney 101

What Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Do?

Simply put, a defense lawyer acts as a representative for anyone charged with a crime. This representation includes going to court if necessary.  The constitution promises all citizens charged with a crime be provided representation if they cannot afford it. That’s just how important it is to have an experienced criminal defense attorney if you face criminal charges.

Why Not Just Represent Myself?

Having poor representation can be detrimental to your case, and your freedom. Most people do not have a thorough understanding of complex criminal law legislation. Criminal laws involve both state and federal regulations, with the majority being state crimes. There is simply too much legislation for a person to learn in time for trial. Even if a person is able to learn it all, they still must recall the important details during a very stressful moment – during court – under great scrutiny – with a prosecuting attorney analyzing your every word.

What A Criminal Defense Attorney Does Before Trial

An experienced defense attorney knows how to protect your rights before you even get to trial. How? By countering the prosecution’s evidence against you. Your defense lawyer can move to have evidence dismissed if that evidence was not obtained according to your constitutional rights. Your case may be dismissed if there is insufficient evidence to support the charges against you & your defense attorney can help with that too. Defense attorneys also negotiate plea bargains to help keep you out of jail and to reduce the fines levied against you.

What A Criminal Defense Attorney Does During Trial

Our experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys work to build the strongest case possible before going to trial. We analyze the evidence to provide you with a defense strategy to minimize your penalties. If there is a plea bargain on the table, your defense attorney can discuss your options regarding pleading guilty. Of course, your defense attorney also helps you with other courtroom proceedings such as selecting a jury, questioning witnesses and formulating your opening remarks. If your trial ends with an undesirable result, your attorney can help you with the appeals process as well.

Questions About Criminal Defense Attorneys? Get A Free Consultation Today

If you have been charged with a crime, or feel that you may be very soon, you can always discuss the matter with an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney at The Travis Law Firm during a free, confidential case evaluation about your legal rights. Whatever you do, make an informed decision before you do it, get your free consultation today.