Sometimes it takes a blink of an eye for a person to do something they would regret their entire life. The law is equal for everybody. Arrest, charges, risk of high fines, prison time, felony convictions are all part of the process. In such a case, it is essential to have access to a trained criminal defense attorney.
Shooting someone, injuring or killing a person, even by accident, and kidnapping a child are serious crimes. No matter what you did and no matter how smart you are, representing yourself in court can be a huge challenge you might not be ready for.
This is why criminal defense attorneys are necessary. Your lawyer will listen to your side of the story, look for factors that can reduce the conviction of a potential crime. They will organize and present the facts in a way that best supports your case. If you committed a crime in the state of New Mexico, do not hesitate to seek a criminal defense attorney
A Criminal Defense Attorney has Knowledge of the Criminal Law System
Criminal defense attorneys possess a Juris Doctorate degree. This should be enough for you to know that without it, you have low chances of winning a case on your own. Your lawyer has studied and trained to understand every aspect of criminal law and court procedures. It is their job to defend you and determine if there are any inconsistencies or illegalities in the system that can work in your favor. These people have worked with the prosecutors and judges which will help them build a strong case and positively benefit their client.
Excellent Negotiation Skills
Sometimes prosecutors take advantage of defendants who represent themselves. This means that they know that it would be much easier to win a trial against a beginner with no prior knowledge, instead of an experienced attorney.
Criminal defense attorneys have years of practicing and negotiating cases, so they won't have a problem doing this in your case. They will advise you from the start (what to say, what to do, what steps to take to plea negotiations).
You may be adamant that you're innocent
and don't want to take part in a plea of negotiations. But, what you don't know is that it is sometimes possible for the case to be solved without having to plead guilty. You alone aren't trained in this, nor do you understand what to do. This is why an attorney is a must.
Being convicted of a crime is not an easy thing. Although your lawyer doesn't have formal training in psychology, their experience, knowledge, and presence can be of great help to you. Keep in mind that a criminal case can be very confusing, difficult, and challenging and your emotions may suffocate you.
Having a criminal defense attorney by your side can ease the dark thoughts and can make you feel a little bit more secure. Their presence will be of great help, especially when you're deciding whether to accept a prosecutor’s plea bargain or not.
Access to Essential Resources
Many cases include witness testimonies. A witness would rather speak to your attorney instead of to you. Your attorney is gathering evidence anyway, so talking to witnesses is part of the process.
A skilled criminal defense attorney has experience finding and hiring investigators who can investigate the crime and the witnesses that the prosecution may call to the stand. If these investigators discover evidence that would make a witness’s testimony less believable, this could be a great asset to your case. Your lawyer can find or hire “expert witnesses” to fight forensic scientific evidence by the prosecution.
Representing yourself in court is not the best idea. No matter how good you are and no matter how much you're educating yourself on the subject, at the end of the day, you will lack the experience.
Hiring an attorney increases your chances to win your case or get a more favorable plea bargain.
First, make sure you decide which attorney will represent you. Check their official website and contact the office. Ask as many questions as possible before you make your final decision.
Experience and successful cases are excellent indicators that your future attorney can do a good job for your case.
Remember, your chances to win your case by yourself are not very good. Our team at FBD Law has long experience
with criminal cases. We are here to help you, answer every question you have, and guide you through the process.