Criminal Defense Attorney because none of us would “want to be defined by the very worst thing we ever did”. When it comes down to it a lot of the people needing defense counsel are good people that made one mistake, had too many drinks or had a bad day and reacted wrong for something.
Because everyone is entitled to a defense, and to a lawyer. The right to counsel in a criminal trial is so important that it is sanctified in the U.S. Constitution. The Sixth Amendment guarantees the rights of criminal defendants, including the right to a public trial without unnecessary delay, the right to a criminal defense attorney, the right to an impartial jury and the right to know who the accusers are as well as the nature of the charges and the evidence against him.
Because our rule of law is based on the premise that the prosecution or the state must prove its case against a person beyond a reasonable doubt. This standard of proof is used exclusively in criminal cases, and a person cannot be convicted of a crime unless a judge or jury is convinced of the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Precisely, if there is any reasonable uncertainty of guilt, based on the evidence presented, a defendant cannot be convicted. There is essentially no room for wavering or uncertainty; the evidence is believed to be precise, evident, and leaves the jury or judge with an inevitable conclusion of certainty. The defendant, carrying a presumption of innocence, has no burden of proof, and need prove nothing. A defendant may sit quietly at trial. The prosecution must show that the defendant satisfied each element of the statutory definition of a crime by the defendant’s participation or failure to act.
Because in America, we have seen that the State can be wrong and accuse someone innocent of a crime. Just because allegations are levied, does not mean that charges will be formally filed. Often times officers exercise discretion at the scene, or upon a closer review of the evidence, the grand jury chooses not to indict. It is important to remember, however, that your innocence does not protect you. When innocent people are confronted with untrue, false, and/or absurd allegations, they frequently assume that this is a simple misunderstanding and that it will be cleared up quickly. The common assumption is that people will not be accused of doing things that they did not do, and that the legal system guarantees that citizens will not be falsely convicted. Unfortunately, false accusations are more common than we would like to think. For example, when DNA testing became a valid means of collecting criminal evidence, it was discovered that hundreds of people waiting on death row did not commit the crimes for which they were falsely convicted. Our criminal justice system is not perfect. Police Officers do make mistakes and grand juries do indict bad cases. When honest police officers are doing their best to objectively investigate crime, they cannot prevent bad actors from levying false accusations for some ulterior motive. People have been falsely accused of rape, domestic violence, theft/ property crimes, and even murder.
Because we need brave judges, honest jurors, and criminal defense attorneys that are willing to stand up on behalf of their clients and try to hold police, the state, and the prosecutors accountable.
The Bottom Line: Finding yourself amidst criminal charges is frightening, whether you are innocent or at fault. We all deserve a fair shot at a defense and it is the basic right of all Americans to hire a criminal defense attorney to help protect rights, create a strong defense and legally supportive in every possible way. Call me: 513.260.2099