Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side during your drug crime proceedings is essential. However, for those who have never been through a criminal litigation process, they may not understand how much a lawyer can help. They might even make the mistake of trying to defend themselves pro se, i.e., navigate their legal proceedings without legal representation. When it comes to a drug-related trial, a pro se defendant might find him or herself unintentionally digging into a deeper and deeper hole.
If you're on the fence about hiring a lawyer in your case, you might want to consider some of the potential benefits of contracting a criminal defense attorney:
Reduction of criminal charges
The severity of your punishment depends on the severity of your criminal charges. For example, if you're convicted of speeding instead of drunk driving, your criminal consequences and potential punishments will be significantly less. Sometimes, a criminal attorney can succeed in getting his or her client's criminal charges reduced, which ultimately serves to make the punishments less in the event of a conviction.
Make the punishments less severe
Even if the charges aren't reduced, a skilled defense attorney can present his or her client's case in a way that seeks to get a lesser punishment if a conviction occurs. This might include trying to avoid jail time in exchange for house arrest.
Pinpointing the most appropriate criminal defense
The defendant in a case may not be able to view his or her proceedings in an objective or rational way, but a lawyer will have the ability to cut through the heart of the issue and pursue the strategy that will most likely render the best possible result.
At our law offices, we help our clients navigate the criminal justice system. If you would like to know more about the defense options in your case, contact our law firm now.