If you found the Jail Exchange
Prison and County Inmate search website you most likely have some legal questions you need answered. We hope this brief bit of information will help you understand the importance of talking to a criminal defense lawyer the moment you find out you are either under investigation or have been arrested..
States have created laws, sometimes so minor, it makes you wonder why your local police even took the time to charge you or your loved one with the crime they have. But if you or someone else has been questioned, are being investigated or have been charged with a criminal offense, you need to begin preparing your legal defense immediately.
With the help of a criminal defense attorney, you must begin developing a defense strategy that will from the outset, keep you free on bail while you fight and/or negotiate the charges against you. Staying out of jail and fighting your charges from home as opposed to from a jail cell is one of the most important things you can do. A ‘free’ man has a lot more leverage in defending himself.
With the help of a local criminal defense attorney, an individual can in most cases, at the very least, decrease the severity of a criminal sentence. Even better, a criminal lawyer understands the loopholes and procedures necessary to attempt to get your charges dismissed completely.
A Criminal Defense Lawyer’s main responsibility is to you. The lawyer’s future livelihood depends on his ability to analyze the probable outcome of your case and do everything to work the case in favor of you. To do anything short of this is considered unethical and could get the lawyer in trouble with the State Bar Association. He could even lose his right to practice law. Therefore, you both have skin in the game. In a sense, both you and your criminal lawyer are fighting to protect your future.
The opposition, the District Attorney, knows that very few people who are arrested understand the law or know what their rights or options are. The DA also knows that you are frightened and are in ‘panic mode’. Therefore, he will do everything in his power, overwhelming you with his knowledge, in order to force you into taking a plea of guilty in exchange for less time and/or a less severe criminal offense.
Nothing personal, but the opposition's job is to win.[/caption]
A good criminal lawyer, coupled with a knowledgeable client who is willing to fight his case to the very end, puts the District Attorney on defense and forces him to put his energies into cases where there is no lawyer defending a client. The DA just wants convictions. It helps his career and it is the sole factor that his work is judged by. If he meets too much resistance and the credibility of the charges come into question, he will walk away.
On the other hand, YOU are fighting for your life.
Your local District Attorney is most likely overwhelmed with criminal cases, the majority of them petty nuisances. He does not have time to prosecute them all. He and your county court do not have the resources to take every case, or even a small percentage of them to trial. The DA wants to settle your case so he can focus his attention on the few cases that actually do go to trial as that is where his job performance is judged. Your criminal defense lawyer understands this and knows how to work this situation to your advantage.
He knows that his career will be successful only if he is able to successfully defend you; the charges reduced significantly or better yet, dismissed entirely. Your lawyer depends on you and others, including your local media to tell others the wonderful job he did in saving your ass.
Lastly, a conviction, whether it is a plea deal or from a judge or jury, will stay with you always. The economic damage
to your future earnings after being convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor is 20, 50 or 100 times more than the cost of reputable, competent criminal defense lawyer.
Do not ignore the importance of this. Consult with a lawyer today and fight for your freedom, your future and your family’s economic well being.
And never, ever, ever….. talk to any County, State or Federal Law Enforcement agent without your criminal defense lawyer present because…
EVERYTHING YOU SAY, CAN
BE USED AGAINST YOU IN A COURT OF LAW!