If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges hiring an attorney who understands the complexity of the situation could mean the different between your charges getting dismissed and incarceration. Find out the top 5 reasons you should hire a lawyer by our Santa Ana criminal defense attorney.
1. The Law is Complex
If you have decided to represent yourself in court, you will be held to the same standard as an attorney. Laws and regulations you have never even heard of could come up during your case and you will be expected to know them. Additionally, this places the responsibility of all the research onto your shoulders. You will be required to know the procedures of the trial as well. By hiring a seasoned criminal defense attorney, you will have a legal advocate well-versed in the law fighting for you.
2. Lawyers Know How to Challenge Evidence
Imagine there was a key piece of evidence against you that was obtained without a warrant? Or perhaps the testimony of one of the prosecution’s expert witnesses contradicts something said earlier. Would you know to challenge this evidence? An attorney will research all of these aspects and find out for you to ensure no evidence presented was obtained illegally.
3. Lawyers Can Help Get a Plea Bargain
Over the years of practicing the law and representing individuals charged with crimes, your attorney has likely faced situations similar to your own and may have a good strategy built for this type of case. Your attorney may be able to discuss plea bargain options that could lessen your sentencing.
4. Lawyers Understand the Legal Procedures and Processes
When navigating through court procedures, there can be many deadlines for filing documents and specific protocols used for filling out forms that you could be unaware of. While representing yourself, if you fail to file proper paperwork or miss a deadline, you could throw off your whole case. By hiring an attorney who is well aware of the judicial procedures, you can be confident they will file any required documentation and not miss deadlines related to your case.
5. Free Initial Consultations
Our Santa Ana criminal defense attorney offers free initial consultations so you can get a gauge of your situation. During this time, our attorney can provide you with their idea for your next steps together as well as provide you with an idea of what to expect before your trial. Additionally, you can discuss payment options risk-free.
Let Darwish Law Help You
At Darwish Law, we are prepared to help you with criminal charges ranging from DUI offenses to felony murder charges. Don’t wait until it is too late, contact our offices today to schedule your free consultation.