If you are facing criminal charges, there are three options for fighting them: represent yourself, rely on a public defender, or hire a seasoned defense attorney. Unless you have extensive experience in the law, you won’t be able to devise an effective legal strategy. Likewise, if there is substantial evidence against you or the case is especially complicated, a public defender may not be able to give it the attention it deserves. As such, it is in most defendants’ best interests to opt for the third option and hire a lawyer.
Criminal law is complicated, and navigating the proceedings is challenging, especially if you do not have any experience doing so. Defendants who try to represent themselves can end up missing essential deadlines and mandatory hearings, which can prove detrimental to their case. If you hire an attorney immediately following the arrest, you will have guidance from a seasoned legal ally every step of the way. A lawyer ensures you meet filing deadlines, attend proceedings, and avoid making errors that compromise the strength of the defense.
A prosecutor is under no obligation to explain your rights or discuss what kinds of plea bargains are acceptable given the circumstances. That is a lawyer’s job, which means if you do not hire one, you may not have any idea how to achieve a favorable resolution to the case. A prosecutor sometimes resorts to various intimidation tactics to get defendants to accept an unsatisfactory plea deal or agree to go to trial despite mounting evidence against him or her.
If you are facing criminal charges and want to do everything in your power to fight them or negotiate for a reduced sentencing, turn to Thomas G. Ganim at Ganim, Ganim & Ganim, PC, in Bridgeport, CT. He has been practicing law for 25 years and relies on this foundation of experience to help clients devise strategic defenses for a range of charges. Visit the firm online to learn more about the quality representation their attorneys provide, or call (203) 372-7772 to schedule an initial consultation today.