If you’re facing trial, it is important that you have a criminal defense attorney on your side to help in your defense. The most important job of a criminal attorney is that they help you find the best defense strategy to deal with the criminal charges you are facing. Fortunately, there are several basic strategies that your attorney will use, and each of them is more useful in all of the various situations you may find yourself.
Attorney’s Cite Procedural Violations
If law enforcement wants to obtain a conviction against you, they need to make certain that when the police gather evidence, they have a very narrow list of items coupled with extremely restrictive rules that they must follow. If police violate the rules of evidence, their case against you will be weakened. The goal of your criminal defense attorney is to use whatever procedural missteps that the police make to weaken the prosecution’s case.
Attorney’s Consistently Challenge Evidence
Whatever evidence is brought against you to support criminal charges, it can often be called into question. Your lawyer might attack the credibility of a witness, question the methodology behind certain tests, or provide alternate explanations for other pieces of evidence gathered.
Dispute Criteria for Crimes
In most instances, every crime is defined by a large number of multiple factors. Some of those factors include intent and results. Even if some of the conditions a crime have been met, then your attorney can help reduce or even get the charges eliminated by demonstrating that all the requirements for a conviction were never met.
Get Charges Reduced
This is a powerful strategy when the prosecution isn’t sure of a conviction. If they don’t have enough evidence or there are extenuating circumstances, your lawyer can convince the court to try you for a less serious crime.
Arrange a Plea Deal
One way to reduce charges or to get a lighter sentence is through obtaining a plea deal. This must be carefully arranged to avoid harming your case, so your lawyers advice is critical during this process. However, when successful, this strategy limits the damage of a case you can’t win.