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Why Should You Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

By David Hammond

As soon as you are arrested and charged with a crime, it is a race against the clock. Things will move quickly. Prosecutors will not delay in gathering evidence as they work to build a case against you. Your best opportunities to negotiate and have the evidence gathered in support of your defense happen sooner rather than later. As such, there is no time to waste. It’s important to retain trusted legal counsel right away, and here’s why.

The Importance of Having a Criminal Defense Attorney on Your Side

Criminal defense attorneys have both knowledge and experience in the complex arena of criminal law. With such knowledge and experience come vast benefits that you would miss out on should you choose to go it alone. Without a criminal defense attorney, you may not:

  • Know your legal options: Should you accept a plea deal? Should you negotiate an offered plea deal? Should you take your chances at trial? These are all questions that have high stakes, but the everyday person may not be able to effectively way in on. A criminal defense attorney can present you with your legal options and assess the cost-benefit analysis of each option so that you can make informed choices that can have a profound impact on your future.
  • Know that your constitutional rights may have been violated: Over the course of the police investigation, your constitutional rights may have been violated without you even knowing what was happening. A lawyer can pinpoint potential violations and present them to court. Should it be found that law enforcement officers overstepped their constitutional bounds, then evidence could be tossed out and deemed inadmissible in court.
  • Know what questions to answer and how: Really, answering any questions posed by law enforcement officers or prosecuting attorneys are best answered with your own attorney present. Your attorney can let you know what questions you should answer and which questions you shouldn’t. Furthermore, your attorney can guide you on how you should present your answers to law enforcement officers and in court.

The fact of the matter is that criminal laws are complicated. The criminal justice system can seem nearly impossible to successfully navigate on your own. Confronting these realities can be scary. This is especially true when you consider the penalties you will be subject to should your criminal charge end up being a criminal conviction. 

Those convicted of crimes can face harsh penalties. There may be a significant period of incarceration looming. Steep fines may be involved. There are also other collateral damages to include, such as the harm it will do to your reputation. Additionally, a criminal record will follow you to job applications and can put your ability to secure housing in jeopardy.

Criminal Defense Attorneys

Your fight against criminal charges is too important to do by yourself. Get the dedicated criminal defense team at CDH Law by your side. We begin our fight for you right away. Contact us today.

About the Author
David is a former military prosecutor and defense lawyer with over a decade of experience fighting for service members and their families. He served nine years and two combat tours as an active duty US Army officer, then joined the Reserves and settled down in Syracuse to be near family. Now representing people across Central New York charged with serious felonies, misdemeanors, DWIs, and traffic offenses, he puts the same level of commitment into his civilian law practice. If you have any questions regarding this article, you can contact David here.