What happens to your case inside of the courtroom is often more important than what happened in your case before it ever entered the courtroom. How you resolve a criminal case can be a life-changing decision, and it is important that you retain an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Committing a criminal act does not necessarily mean that you are guilty under the law, and a criminal conviction should not always warrant jail time. The government is still required to prove your guilt beyond and to the exclusion of a reasonable doubt before you can be convicted of a crime. And in cases where your guilt has been proven, you still have the right to present mitigation to the court before an appropriate sentence is decided. Therefore, you should consult with an experienced criminal attorney before you decide the best way to handle your case.
Here are some important factors you should consider when hiring the right attorney to defend your criminal case. Consider when the attorney last tried a criminal case. An attorney's experience and willingness to try your case will often dictate the options available to you when deciding how to best resolve your case, and some attorneys will avoid trial at all costs. You should also consider how many cases the attorney has actually defended at trial. An attorney who is board certified in prosecuting cases is an expert at putting people in prison and that may not be who you are looking for to defend you in a criminal case. Finally, consider how much of the attorney's practice is devoted to criminal defense. Florida's criminal laws are extensive and exist in a constant state of change, and you have too much at stake in a criminal case to rely on an attorney that has not completely devoted their practice to defending citizens accused of crimes.
THE LAW OFFICE OF C. CRAWFORD PIERCE, IV, PA
CRIMINAL TRIAL LAWYER