Being charged with a crime is a daunting experience. Whatever the circumstances, criminal charges bring stress. For serious crimes, the consequences of a conviction can be severe. A conviction can harm a person’s career and social standing, limit opportunities for government benefits and services, and of course take away a person’s physical freedom. Even for misdemeanors, the consequences can be lasting and significant.
The most important thing you can do if you have been charged with a crime – aside from exercising your constitutional right to remain silent – is to have an experienced criminal attorney represent you so that your rights are protected. While public defenders are usually exceptional attorneys, they often lack adequate time and resources. And, trying to defend yourself against criminal charges is virtually never a good idea (even attorneys that get in trouble with the law hire representation).
What a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Do For You
Why is hiring a criminal attorney so important? For one thing, an attorney will be able to analyze the facts of your case and uncover possible defenses. Moreover, an attorney will know how to argue your defense to the prosecution and if necessary at trial.
An experienced attorney will also fully understand your rights, and be able to vigorously defend your rights at all stages of the prosecution. In some cases, police or prosecutors violate constitutional or statutory rights. If this happens in your case, it is imperative that you make the correct legal arguments to hold them accountable and protect your right to a fair trial.
Another important reason is that an experienced criminal attorney will know all of the procedural rules. So-called “motion practice” involves the filing of various pre-trial pleadings to the court. Through motion practice, an experienced criminal defense attorney can ensure that you have access to all important evidence, have the benefit of hearings that you are entitled to, be given a fair bail, and numerous other highly important things.
Finally, an attorney can negotiate on your behalf. For some cases, the best possible outcome is a plea deal or other arrangement that limits the punishment. Knowing how to talk to the prosecution and the court is an important skill that an attorney can use on your behalf.
Contact Charles I. Coant, LLC, to Discuss Your Case
If you have been arrested in Vineland, you need an experienced criminal attorney that knows how to practice in New Jersey courts. Attorneys Charles Coant and Brent E. Hopkins have more than 50 years of combined experience defending New Jersey clients in criminal matters. Call today to schedule a consultation at 856-692-2400.