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Being charged with a crime is no laughing matter. Your liberty is at stake. It is important that you fight the charges against you. If you do not fight the charges, you will be convicted. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer to fight your case can mean the difference between conviction and having the charges against you dropped.
A criminal conviction has serious consequences. Depending on the charges, conviction can result in a prison sentence. Life in prison is not easy. Your movements will be limited. Besides having to spend time in a prison, you may be ordered to pay fines. The fines can run in to thousands of dollars. It will be a costly mistake to not hire a criminal defense lawyer to fight the charges against you.
Another serious consequence of a criminal conviction is that a conviction will result in a criminal record. Your criminal record will be available to the public. Your criminal record will pop every time a person does a background check on you. If you have a criminal record, you will find it difficult to get a job or rent a place to stay. If you are convicted for certain sex crimes, you will have to register your name in the sex offender registry. You will have to live with the stigma for the rest of your life. In some states if you are convicted for a felony offense, you will be barred from voting. You will also be barred from owning a gun in some states. To prevent such serious consequences of a criminal conviction, you must consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
A criminal defense lawyer will review the facts of your case and build a successful defense strategy. Criminal defense lawyers know that the prosecution must prove its case beyond reasonable doubt. You are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Even if there is a slight doubt about the prosecution’s case, the charges against you must be dropped. However pointing out the loopholes in the prosecution’s case to the court and creating doubts about the prosecution’s case requires skill and expertise. Criminal defense lawyers have this skill and expertise. They will cross examine the prosecution’s witnesses and undermine their credibility. They will also hire the services of expert witnesses to testify in support of your defense.
Criminal defense lawyers know the various defenses available to a person charged with a crime. Many of these defenses are legally valid. For example self defense is a valid defense to a murder charge. However you must convince the court that the circumstances warranted such action from you. Criminal defense lawyers know how to use the various defenses afforded by law.
If the trial court convicts you, a criminal defense lawyer can file an appeal in a higher court challenging the conviction. In the appeal, a criminal defense lawyer will point out the mistakes in the conviction order and try to get the conviction order set aside. Even if you are convicted, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can assist you expunge your criminal records so that you don’t have to face the social consequences of a criminal conviction.