When you are charged with a criminal offense, you need to work with a criminal defense lawyer to defend your case. Every criminal case is unique, so do not assume that yours will turn out the same way as another case, even when the two seem fairly similar. Your lawyer will walk you through the criminal justice process and explain your rights, your legal options, and your case’s unique nuances at every juncture. Though you certainly can choose to defend yourself in court, working with an experienced lawyer is far more likely to result in a favorable outcome for you.
Our team defends individuals facing a variety of charge types. These charge types include:
We work with adults facing criminal charges as well as minors facing juvenile charges. This is an important distinction – the juvenile justice system is quite different from the adult criminal justice system, so when a minor is facing a juvenile charge, it is in his or her best interest to work with a lawyer who can effectively navigate the juvenile justice system on his or her behalf.
The penalties you face for your conviction depend on the charge you are facing. Additional factors, like the presence of one or more aggravating or mitigating factors, can also play a role in determining the criminal penalties you face if you are convicted. Legally enforced criminal penalties include:
Additionally, a conviction stays on your criminal record for life. Even when your record is expunged, the conviction is still visible to certain government agencies. Having a conviction on your record can impact how future offenses are charged and future penalties you face, as well as potentially negatively impact your social and professional life.
When you are facing a criminal charge, it is just not enough to walk into the courtroom, tell your story, and expect the court to find you innocent. You need to make it impossible for the court to find you guilty of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. This could mean clearly showing that there is no possible way you committed the offense because of your capabilities or your location at the time the crime occurred or it could mean using the lack of evidence proving your guilt to show that the court cannot be completely sure you were the perpetrator. In either scenario, an experienced criminal lawyer in New London, WI can help you build a solid legal defense strategy for your case.
A strong legal defense strategy could mean more than demonstrating that you were unable to commit the crime or that there is not enough evidence to prove your guilt. It can also involve having certain pieces of evidence, such as those irrelevant to the case or those collected through illegal seizure, thrown out. Narrowing down the prosecution’s body of evidence through motions to suppress individual pieces of evidence can be a valuable component to your defense strategy. Additionally, your lawyer can help you build a strong case by having witnesses provide their testimony of the case and cross-referencing the prosecution’s witnesses.
Put succinctly, you simply do not have the legal expertise your lawyer has. Your lawyer’s expertise is what enables him or her to adeptly defend your case and guide you through the criminal justice system.
Your lawyer can do more than defend your case in court. In certain cases, proving your innocence is not a realistic outcome. When this is the case, your lawyer can advise you about other options, such as negotiating a plea bargain. With a plea bargain, you plead guilty to a lesser offense than your original charge instead of facing the consequences associated with that original charge. It can be a valid strategy for decreasing the amount of time you will spend in jail or even keeping you out of jail entirely. It can also be a way to keep certain offenses off your criminal record, protecting you from certain long-term conviction repercussions like having to register with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry.
Additionally, your lawyer can continue to serve you after the court rules on your case. If you feel the court acted in error, you may have the right to appeal the court’s decision and potentially have it overruled. Your lawyer can explain the appeals process to you in greater detail.
Later, you can potentially have a charge or conviction removed from your record through the expungement process. Whether your qualify for an expungement or not depends on your personal circumstances. Your lawyer can also explain this process and what it entails to you to help you understand it better.
When you are facing a criminal charge, it is in your best interest to start working on your case’s legal defense strategy with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Do not wait to start working on your case with one of the experienced criminal defense lawyers on our team at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC. Contact our office today to schedule your initial legal consultation with us.