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Reasons To Hire A Professional Criminal Lawyer For Your Case

 

Criminal handcuffed to bars in jailCertain aspects of the legal system, like criminal law, can be difficult to navigate for anyone who is unfamiliar with such processes. Most people, when charged with a criminal offense, are left reeling, unsure of who to turn to for the right legal assistance. If you or a loved one has found yourself in a position that requires the legal representation of a criminal defense lawyer, there a few things that you should know before deciding on the appropriate course, whether you choose to represent yourself or to hire a professional.

 

Criminal Law Can Be Difficult

 

Most lawyers will agree that legal matters like criminal defense are best handled by the professionals. Without the support of a professional and experienced defense lawyer, even a highly solid case can deteriorate fast. Criminal matters can be highly complex, including such elements as plea bargains, court filings, meeting deadlines, and proper legal documentation-all of which a skilled criminal defense lawyer will be able to handle. A single late filing could completely disrupt your case, comprise a legal procedure, and even encourage the court to rule against you. Not only should you avoid representing yourself in most cases, but you should also be selective in the lawyer you do choose to hire. You should look for a lawyer with a solid background in the criminal law field. You should avoid handling your case pro se, as you are emotionally involved. On the other hand, an experienced lawyer can help drive your case towards a positive outcome without allowing personal matters to intervene. This is even more important for highly personal cases, like those of domestic violence or child abuse.

 

Cutting Corners Could Cost You

 

The result of your criminal case could very well determine your future. Your specific case outcome could mean jail time and fines. And the diligence of your lawyer may mean the difference between accepting a plea bargain for a lesser charge and reducing your sentence, to spending time behind bars. You could end up with more money in your pocket and fewer consequences in the long run. 

 

Suppressing Bad Evidence

 

In criminal cases, the end result will often be determined by the admission of evidence. An evidentiary hearing may not dictate the ruling of your case, but it could have a large impact on the outcome. If there was a key piece of evidence that was obtained illegally, it could be omitted from the trial completely. On the other hand, if evidence has been stored or protected inadequately in accordance with the law, it could be found to be compromised and insufficient for court review. In the end, a strong defense lawyer will be able to make sure that your case is protected and that all of the evidence against you is validated or removed, and in line with your constitutional rights. 

 

The Best Outcome

 

You might find that the best course of action for your case is a plea bargain. Or you may be better off taking your case to trial if the evidence is minimal for the prosecution. While you may not know which course of action is best for your particular case, an experienced lawyer will be able to guide you through the options that are right for you in order to help you achieve a positive outcome for your case.
If you’ve been confronted with criminal charges, you should consider looking for legal assistance. You have options, and your experienced lawyer will be able to help you to decide the best options for your particular legal case. 

Is Justice Blind?

Is-Justice-BlindMany of us are familiar with the saying “Justice is blind.” Lady Justice is commonly depicted as wearing a blindfold to illustrate that the law does not favor one party over another. Whether people are victims, suspects, defendants, rich, or poor, they are said to be equal in the eyes of the law. However, the story of David Rosenbaum, a 63-year-old, retired, award-winning journalist for the New York Times who died from the head injury he suffered after getting mugged, suggests otherwise.

Before the firefighters, EMTs, nurses, and doctors who treated him knew that Rosenbaum was a famous journalist, he was just another John Doe to them. As such, they neglected various duties and went through the motions after assuming his condition was due to intoxication rather than a head injury. The firefighters said they smelled booze on him, and relayed that information to the police who told the EMTs. Thus, he was simply another “drunk” whose diminished motor skills were due to intoxication.

When Rosenbaum arrived at the hospital, it was assumed that he needed to sleep it off, which was why none of the required intake assessments were performed. By the time the doctors realized Rosenbaum’s symptoms were due to a neurological injury, and not to intoxication, as everyone had assumed, eight hours had passed since the EMTs evaluated him. Unfortunately, a blood clot caused Rosenbaum’s brain to swell, and he died the following day. Once people realized that the victim was a well-known journalist, rather than a nameless drunk, newspaper stories and investigations into Rosenbaum’s death were launched.

This example demonstrates that we are not as objective as we would like to think when assessing victims after crimes have been committed. No matter how many times we have been told not to judge a book by its cover, we do exactly that by quickly jumping to conclusions after receiving very little evidence. This causes us to become overconfident in our conclusions, despite the lack of evidence we base those conclusions upon.

The most significant factor that caused everyone to immediately brandish Rosenbaum as just another drunk may have been the vomit on his jacket. The disgust people felt about his personal appearance may have caused them to keep their distance from Rosenbaum and make moral judgments about him. Those judgments likely resulted in his being labeled a drunk and thus unworthy of the same treatment a victim who was an upstanding member of society would have been afforded.

What happened to Rosenbaum could happen to you or I. The labels we receive as victims follow us throughout all of our dealings with the criminal justice system. To make matters worse, those labels are hard to remove once people get branded with them. Therefore, we shouldn’t be so quick to jump to conclusions about others, even though they are jumping to conclusions about us.