When you are facing criminal charges, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Criminal convictions can have a devastating impact on your life and can result in jail time, fines, and a criminal record. That is why it is crucial to hire an attorney who will fight for your rights and help ensure the best possible outcome in your case. The Law Office of Patrick Sharpe, LLC is here to help you every step of the way!
What To Do If You're Arrested
If you are arrested, the first thing you should do is ask to speak with a criminal defense lawyer. You have the right to remain silent, and anything you say can be used against you in court. Criminal defense lawyers can help you navigate the criminal justice system and protect your rights.
If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you. However, public defenders are often overworked and may not have the time to give your case the individual attention it deserves. If you can afford to hire a private lawyer, it is worth considering doing so.
How A Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help
When you are facing criminal charges, the consequences can be life-altering. That is why it is so important to have an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer on your side. At The Law Office, we will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
There are many ways a criminal defense lawyer can help you if you have been charged with a crime. First and foremost, we will conduct a thorough investigation into the facts of your case and look for any evidence that may be used to exonerate you or reduce the charges against you. We will also work with expert witnesses who can provide valuable testimony on your behalf. In addition, we will negotiate with the prosecutor to try to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed altogether.
What To Expect In Court
When you are charged with a crime, the case will either be tried in Magistrate’s Court, Municipal Court, or General Sessions Court. The severity of the charge determines which court has jurisdiction over your case. For example, most traffic offenses and misdemeanor crimes are tried in Magistrate’s or Municipal Court, while more severe felony offenses are tried in General Sessions Court. If your case is being tried in Magistrate’s or Municipal Court, the trial will be held before a judge without a jury. This is called a bench trial. If your case is being tried in General Sessions Court, you have the right to have your case heard by a jury of 12 people. This is called a jury trial. In both types of trials, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the crime. The burden of proof is on the prosecution, not on you. This means that you do not have to prove your innocence. Call The Law Office of Patrick Sharpe, LLC to help you in any criminal defense case you might have. Call now for a free consultation at (803) 721-4615.