A Criminal Defense Lawyer can do alot, even if you are guilty. Just because you think you may be guilty of the charges, a criminal defense lawyer can review the case and defenses to see whether or not you can be proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Even if you can be proved guilty, the lawyer knows what factors are important in trying to negotiate the charges with the District Attorney to get them reduced or dismissed. There may be alternatives to prosecution and different ways the case can be handled.
No two cases or defendants are exactly alike. Not only can the crimes be differentiated by the facts of the crime, the individuals involved, their roles, backgrounds, education, employment, character, careers, goals and situations differ. During the settlement negotiation process with the D.A., the Criminal Defense Lawyer puts the facts in the light most favorable to the defendant, stressing the "good" facts and downplaying the negatives along with highlighting the positive factors of the defendant, his or her background, record, achievements, military service, education career, goals and rehabilitative steps that are being taken to prevent any future issues. Additionally, sometimes pyschological evaluations may be important in resolving a case, or restitution for any damages or injury in addition.
It is in your best interest to at least talk with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest or citation to let you know how the proceedings work, the issues in your case, possible outcomes and things that may be able to be done to help get the best resolution of your case. Contact Christoph Law Offices at 760-941-5720 for a free consultation. We have been located across from Vista Courts for over 32 years doing exclusively Criminal and DUI Defense.