Speak with a Criminal Defense Lawyer today
No matter what the crime, from petty theft to first-degree murder, MyCaseHelper.com connects you to the help you desperately need. These offenses range from violent to non-violent crimes, which may affect the sentences, fines, hearings, and trials. In guilty cases, criminal defense lawyers also discuss plea bargains and lessening sentences.
Despite how heinous the crime may be, your criminal defense lawyer must set aside their personal feelings and be responsible for:
- Developing a sense of solidarity and empathizing with a client.
- Analyzing jury background and reactions to evidence.
- Further investigating evidence, witnesses, and law enforcement.
If your case does not have a chance at an acquittal, a lawyer may discuss a plea bargain with the prosecutor and judge. A plea bargain may reduce jail time by having the defendant plead guilty to a less serious charge.
In criminal law, the case is the defendant against the state. Civil litigation cases try two or more independent parties against each other. The burden of proof is much higher for criminal law than civil law. The plaintiff must prove the defendant is 51% liable for any damages.
Free Legal Help
Lawyers may choose to participate in pro bono services and other free legal aid programs. Pro bono lawyers represent people without adequate finances, to help marginalized and minority communities, or to give back to the community.
Other disadvantaged citizens who qualify for legal aid programs or pro bono services include the elderly, children, military members, low-income earners, and unemployed people. If a lawyer is not able to offer their services free, they may offer a discount or free legal advice.
Anyone who does not qualify for legal aid programs, or cannot find a private lawyer willing to offer pro bono services is still entitled to a lawyer.
Public defenders are lawyers appointed by the state or federal governments. The US department of justice says that 60 to 90 percent of defendants can’t afford to hire their own attorney. Although there are laws in place preventing any conflicts of interest or discrimination against guilty parties to assure every defendants has an effective defense, many issues can still arise.
Although a private lawyer may cost more than a public defender, a private lawyer’s workload is often much less. Since the defendant will be paying for all services and other legal costs such as special investigations, a private lawyer will be able to find other information and evidence which may affect the defense.
Private Versus Public Defense Lawyers
Many believe that public defenders face an unreasonable workload for the amount that they are paid, therefore, believe the defense will not be as effective. In a study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 73 percent of the county offices in the United States went over the recommended maximum limit of cases.
If you feel you need to speak to a private defense lawyer, call our toll-free number to find an expert in your area: 1 (844) 562-0111