If you think that you can go to court without an attorney and persuade the prosecutor that you are not guilty of the crime or think the judge will not sentence you to imprisonment because it is your first offense, then you are absolutely wrong. Engaging the right Virginia criminal lawyer will more likely than not help you avoid a conviction or at a minimum reduce your jail term drastically.
In Virginia, you can be charged with a criminal offense for several reasons. It is important that you hire a criminal attorney to represent and advise you during the case and trial if necessary. This may help you have the punishment reduced to a great extent. You should hire an attorney if you are charged with Reckless Driving, Sex Crimes, Federal Crimes, White Collar Crimes, Homicide, Drug Crimes, Domestic Violence, Prostitution, Solicitation, etc. Please note that this is not comprehensive.
If you do not have a criminal attorney to represent you, then you may not be fully aware of the rights and laws concerning your situation. An experienced defense lawyer will ensure that your rights are protected to the fullest. If your rights are violated, the attorney can demand for dismissal of the case.
When you and your attorney meet for the first time, you can discuss the charges and get a description of the course of action the attorney plans so that the case works in your favor. The attorney will also conduct their own investigation, look for evidence, police statements and analyse all the aspects of the case. The criminal lawyer should then file a motion for discovery, which means the prosecution will provide a copy of all the evidence, witnesses and statements that’ll be used during the trial. If a prosecutor holds back any material and uses it in court later, the lawyer may object and judge will not allow the prosecutor to use this material or any argument based upon it.
Defense witnesses play a big role in helping with your case. If there are people willing to testify on your behalf, the attorney will determine if they’ll help your case. Through the discovery process, the lawyer can question the prosecution’s witnesses to find out what the witness intends to say during the trial. This will help the attorney to form a defense plan for the trial.
The attorney will advise you on how to behave and dress-up for the court and also explain on how trials work. You also have the option to testify during the trial if you feel it’ll help your case. In case you want to testify, the lawyer will prepare you to take the stand by making out a list of questions the prosecution is likely to ask.
In general, the main goal of your Virginia criminal lawyer is to get a favourable judgment.
Mr. Sris has defended numerous clients charged with criminal charges in Virginia. He is a former prosecutor. C