Why Is It Important To My Criminal Case To Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney Early On Versus Waiting?
Having represented hundreds of people in criminal matters, we have found that the earlier you get a qualified attorney involved, the higher the likelihood that you’ll have a successful defense. At this law firm, we all learned this lesson early while working as State and Federal prosecutors. Invariably, the first group of people who interact with the witnesses are most likely going to shape their narratives. So as a defense attorney, I’m already starting from the position of disadvantage, because often, the police have been there first. The way that we can add value and somewhat shift the balance of power to our benefit is by working harder than the police do. In our cases, we always work with a qualified investigator to take witness statements and collect evidence. This is an effective technic offensively in order to develop exonerating evidence and evidence that supports our side. But, it’s also a good technic defensively. By getting those witness statements, we prevent law enforcement from shaping what people say to the narrative that they’ve already put together.
As of September 2020, we’re still experiencing the effects of COVID in our court system. I’ve met with a lot of people who have been arrested, been released, and had their case reset for a long period of time. I get that time is money. But, by delaying hiring qualified counsel, you’re hamstringing your case. If it’s possible, it’s worth spending the money upfront to get a qualified attorney to do everything that I’ve talked about, both offensively and defensively.
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