If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, the kind of attorney you hire can change the outcome of your case. At our office, we believe that it’s important to approach every case as if it might ultimately head to trial — not a plea deal.
Given that the vast majority of criminal cases, around 98%, are settled before trial, why does it matter if you choose a criminal defense attorney with trial experience? Here are some of the most important reasons:
- A trial attorney is in a unique position to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case, should it go to trial. A case that seems very “cut and dried” on paper can take on whole new dimensions once a jury — and human emotions — come into play.
- Trial attorneys understand what kind of evidence does and does not resonate with a jury. They can often accurately judge what pieces of evidence a jury will find persuasive and where there’s room for reasonable doubt.
- Hiring a trial attorney conveys the message that you’re willing to go the distance to fight the charges against you. A prosecutor has less incentive to cut a favorable plea bargain with a defendant who isn’t ready to fight the charges. Just having a trial lawyer on your side can make it easier to get a plea deal that’s workable.
- If you do go to trial, your attorney is prepared and can help you prepare for the rigors of the courtroom. Trials can be complicated, so you want someone who is comfortable going through one on your side.
If you’re facing charges, speak with a defense attorney right away. Continue to explore our page for more information on our services or contact us directly.