9 Things Criminal Defense Attorneys Should Be Doing

For any company or individual charged with a crime, how an experienced criminal defense lawyer responds on their client’s behalf is so important. Criminal defense attorneys fulfill several roles during the criminal case, and at Jarrett Maillet J.D., P.C., these include, but are not limited to, the following:

Case Assignment

A defendant may either contact a criminal defense lawyer directly or, in some cases, a court may appoint a private lawyer to take on a specific case.

Case Interview

During the criminal defense lawyer’s meeting with a client, he or she would gather as many details about the case as they can. This way he or she can learn about possible defenses and strengths and weaknesses regarding the case.

Case Investigation

The criminal defense attorney must further investigate the case to determine possibilities for acquittal. This usually involves questioning police about procedures used and speaking with witnesses.

Evidence Analysis

The criminal defense lawyer must carefully study the facts and theories of the defendant’s case to potentially rule out any theories that don’t align with the client’s conviction.

Continuous Client Communication

A criminal defense lawyer must communicate with their client often with updates on the case. These conversations are transparent and confidential.

Jury Selection

As part of the jury selection process, a criminal defense lawyer may have jurors removed that they believe may be biased against the defendant.

Plea Bargaining

A criminal defense lawyer may also negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor to secure a favorable outcome for the defendant.

Trial Participation

A criminal defense lawyer examines witnesses, cross-examines the state’s witnesses and aims to convince the jury that the prosecution did not find the burden of proof.

A criminal defense lawyer can still represent the defendant if he or she is sentenced for the crime because of a plea bargain or for being convicted by the judge or jury. He or she can still try to convince the judge or jury to lessen the amount of time that the defendant would serve and explore other alternatives to incarceration.

As you can see, there is a thought-out process that criminal defense attorneys need to follow in order to serve the defendants with utmost competence. Even if you do believe you have committed a crime and actually want to plead guilty, we highly recommend that you speak with an experienced attorney before deciding on responding to a criminal prosecution. This way, at the very least, an attorney knowledgeable in the area of criminal defense can let you know if your charges are just and can help you receive the lowest penalty possible. Whichever criminal defense law firm you decide to consult with, do not hesitate to ask them how they would fight for you.

If you have been arrested for a crime, call one of our stellar attorneys at Jarrett Maillet J.D., P.C., who know their way around a courtroom in the Savannah area, at (912) 713-3426 for a free consultation.

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Jarrett Maillet J.D., P.C.
210 E 31st St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 713-3426