If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, it’s a good idea to reach out to a knowledgeable and resourceful criminal defense attorney that will guide you every step of the way. Having a lawyer by your side can ultimately determine whether you receive a reduced plea bargain versus a jail sentence, but you must take the first step in get in touch. Here are a few qualities you should look for in a criminal defense attorney, like our lawyers at Ludlum Law Firm.
Depending on the severity of your case, it’s crucial to hire a criminal attorney with the necessary skills to defend your case. Criminal laws and penalties vary by state, so your lawyer must have experience with the rules of state and local courts. It’s also helpful for your criminal defense attorney to be familiar with crime scene investigations and witness/police interviewing. A lot is at stake and an inexperienced lawyer could make the consequences of your charge even worse.
Never hesitate to ask your lawyer questions. You should feel comfortable talking about your charges. The following three questions are a great way to start the conversation with your attorney:
- Do you have experience with cases similar to mine?
- How involved will you be in my case?
- Do you usually work out a plea agreement or ask for lesser charges?
Remember, a lawyer is there to make sure you understand everything going on with your case and to ease any concerns. If you have questions, just ask!
Criminal defense lawyers understand the court process and know what’s happening as the proceedings go on, even when you don’t. They can provide insight to you throughout the trial, including how it’s going and what might happen in the end. Their assessment of the trial provides you with a reality check, which is important when it comes to the decision of accepting a potential plea bargain.
If you choose to handle a case on your own, you might overlook important legal rules and regulations that a lawyer is trained to catch. For example, if you agree to the police conducting a search on your home, it’s possible that search may be infringing on your rights. Without a lawyer to provide insight and suggestions, it’s hard to know accurate legal rights on your own.
In the end, anyone who is facing a trial would like to see a reduced sentence or eliminate some or all charges. Without the help of a criminal defense attorney, prosecutors are often unwilling to negotiate. Having a lawyer by your side greatly improves the chances of working with you and the prosecutor to reach an agreement and a potential deal.
Ludlum Law Firm has over 35 years of criminal defense experience defending the rights of the accused in Sampson County and Duplin County, North Carolina. We offer free consultations, no matter how serious your charge. Contact our law offices today to schedule your visit. We’re ready to help you fight for your case.