No matter the severity of your case, the attorney that you hire to represent you can be the sole difference in making or breaking your entire legal case. Some people may think you should only hire a criminal defense attorney if you are innocent and need to be proven innocent. However, you should hire a criminal defense attorney even if you decide to plead guilty. No matter what you plead you should probably hire a criminal defense attorney to at least negotiate the terms of your sentence. By speaking with a defense attorney about your case, before pleading anything, you may be advised on what your best choice may be. Just because you are guilty, and accused, does not mean pleading guilty may be in your best interest. That is, of course, unless you want to spend time in jail. A legal professional will be able to analyze the facts of your case and may be able to suggest a better plea option that is available to you and you may not be aware of.
Let us say that you are in a candy store and you step up to the register with a bag of candy that has no price on it. Now, both you and the cashier know that this item should have a price, you are just not sure what. At this time, the cashier can be honest and give you the correct and most reasonable price. Or, the cashier can choose to rob you and overcharge you for that item. Because you do not work in the store, see a price, or know what the price is, they can tell you literally anything, and chances are you would pay. The same applies when you show up in court without legal representation. Prosecution may see that as an opportunity to throw the entire book at you, even if it is a minor offense. Knowing you have a lack of legal education, you may take whatever it is they offer, believing that you must. However, by showing up with a criminal defense attorney, counteroffers come into play, and plea bargains are possibly negotiated.
If you or someone you know has been accused of any criminal offense, no matter if they have been caught red handed and wish to plead guilty: DON’T. Speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney in Atlanta, GA so that you are made aware of all possible plea options available to you.
Thanks to Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into criminal defense and pleading guilty.