Things you should know while fighting against criminal charges

Things you should know while fighting against criminal charges

We have all read and heard crime stories, in those thrilling novels and real-life incidents. However, being accused and prosecuted for crime can be frightening and disturbing for one. A conviction not just affects the convict’s present time, but also the lives of the people around them. Any judgment passed by the court can influence a person’s life significantly. Hence, it is crucially important for the accused as well as the defense attorney to present a case that can minimize the verdict or dismiss the charges. If you been accused of a criminal offense, here’s what you need to know while preparing for your criminal defense.

  1. Talk with your attorney
    The pivotal component of preparing for a case is the open discussion between the client and the attorney. For your attorney to be able to defend your case in the court, it is important that they are aware of the critical information, the timelines of the incident and any facts that might be relevant. Anything you share with the attorney is confidential and protected under client-attorney privileges.
  2. Interpreting the evidence
    In the court of law, the evidence, plead and verdict are the only things that carry value. The defense lawyer has the right to file a motion to see all evidence – witnesses, physical evidence, etc. the prosecution has against their client. This stage is called ‘Discovery’. The next step is to interpret the evidence and facts to draft the ‘theory of defense’. At BarnesLaw Firm, the team conducts an independent investigation of evidence and scrutinizes the facts to work-out an actionable defense.
  3. Preparing the defense strategy
    In the counties like Knoxville, that have stringent laws against   domestic violence, drug possession, theft, and assault etc., it is a challenge for the defense attorneys to establish an effective defense strategy. Both the prosecutor and jury would scrutinize the case, aiming the best to convict the accused for their wrongdoing. Therefore, while adhering to the ethical considerations of the law, the lawyers should prepare their defense
  4. Getting ready for the trial
    At the hearing, the defendant and the witnesses would be subject to immense stress, cross-examinations, and questions. Hence, the defense must prepare you for the kind of questions and circumstances you may face at trial. Also, it is a crucial decision if you should or shouldn’t testify at a hearing. This is a decision you and your attorney need to take, based on the defense strategy.
  5. Negotiating the charges
    In certain circumstances, there is no scope to dismiss the charges as your actions maybe a violation in the eyes of law. In such cases, the strategy is to negotiate the charges and conviction. The attorney uses certain tactics to get the jury to pass a forgiving verdict. This could be in form of reduced jail time, community service, fine etc.

When fighting against criminal charges, the choice for a defense attorney could mean a difference between conviction and charges being dropped. Barnes Law Firm is one of the leading legal service providers in DUI and criminal cases. If you or your acquaintance is in need of legal service, give yourself a fighting chance and choose the best.

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