When you are facing a criminal charge, you are facing a life-changing conviction. This is true in every criminal case, whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony. Even a relatively minor conviction on your record can negatively impact your job prospects and potentially set you up for a more severe criminal charge in the future if you are accused of committing another offense.
Work with an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend your case against a criminal charge. You and every other United States citizen have the right to a lawyer’s representation when you are dealing with the court – invest in your future by exercising this right.
Our team represents individuals charged with the following offenses:
We work with adult and juvenile defendants. There are significant differences between the criminal justice system and the juvenile justice system, so it is important that if your child is charged with a juvenile offense, you work with an experienced juvenile defense lawyer to help him or her navigate the juvenile justice system.
When you are facing a criminal charge, you are facing criminal penalties. Depending on the charge you are facing and other circumstances at play in your case, you could be facing:
Along with these criminal penalties, you could face social and professional repercussions because of your criminal conviction. A criminal record can negatively impact your ability to secure a job and to build meaningful professional relationships. If you are facing a criminal charge, think of your legal defense strategy as an investment in your future liberty, social life, and professional success.
Successfully defending your case can also help you preserve certain civil rights. If you are convicted of a felony, you will lose your right to own a firearm and to vote while you are under supervision, which includes your time spent on parole or on probation.
The strategy your lawyer will use to defend your case depends largely on the circumstances surrounding the charge. The facts about your case will also drive your defense strategy. For example, if the crime you are charged with committing did occur, but you were not the individual who committed it, your defense strategy will likely focus on the lack of evidence linking you to the crime that occurred.
If the evidence used to support your charge was collected through an illegal search and seizure, your defense strategy could involve having this evidence thrown out, leaving the prosecution with a very limited pool of evidence to support its position. Ideally, the pool is reduced to the point of being ineffective.
In certain circumstances, demonstrating a lack of intent to commit a crime is a sufficient defense strategy. This is not always the case, but with certain charges, an individual can only be convicted if the court proves beyond a reasonable doubt that he or she willfully committed the crime.
You might even be able to demonstrate that although you did commit a specific action, it was a legally justifiable one. This type of defense strategy is often used in cases where individuals are accused of assault and battery when really, they were defending themselves against legitimate threats. Talk to your lawyer about the right defense strategy for your case. He or she might opt to utilize one or more of these strategies or another, depending on the actual charge and circumstances in place.
You can represent yourself in court. This is known as pro se representation. But there is a lot of truth to the old saying, “a lawyer who represents themselves in court has a fool for a client.” When you represent yourself, you are acting as your own lawyer – and you will not do it as well as an actual, experienced criminal defense lawyer can.
Your lawyer is familiar with the criminal defense process in ways you are not. He or she understands the nuances of the process and knows how to testify in court to avoid incrimination. Although you might think that because you are innocent, all you need to do is tell the truth in court, you actually need a well-developed legal defense strategy that makes it impossible for the court to find you guilty of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.
Your lawyer can also determine the right way to respond to certain court offers and decisions. For example, there are cases where the best possible outcome for the defendant is accepting a plea bargain. In others, the best case scenario for a defendant is participating in a pretrial diversion program. If you are offered a plea bargain, your lawyer can advise you about accepting it or continuing to fight the charge. After a ruling, your lawyer may suggest appealing the court’s decision and provide you with legal advice about the appeals process.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, start working on your legal defense strategy with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Menasha today. To get started, contact our team at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC to set up your initial legal consultation in our office. We can answer all of your questions and examine your case in detail to determine the most effective way to move forward with your defense strategy. Do not wait to get started. Contact our firm today.