I’ve been Charged with a Crime – Should I Hire an Attorney?

Being charged with a crime is a difficult ordeal for anyone to undergo. Often, it can even be life changing. When in this position, it can be difficult to determine whether an attorney is truly needed to represent you, especially if the charges are relatively minor. At the Law Office of Chelsey F. Marto we highly recommend you obtain legal representation regardless of the offense or severity of the charges. We do not recommend this for our personal betterment, but for yours.

Though there are countless reasons for why obtaining legal representation is a good idea, here are the top five reasons we recommend you consider when making your decision:

  1. They have a solid understanding of how the criminal justice system works. The criminal justice system is complex, especially for those unfamiliar with the process. You need an attorney who has walked others through the process before, understands the ins and outs, and can help you navigate your way through the process as seamlessly as possible.
  2. They have working relationships with the Judges and prosecutors. Defense attorneys already have an established rapport with the rest of the judicial system, including prosecutors and Judges. An established rapport can be helpful in negotiating better plea deals and securing more lenient sentences for the represented.
  3. They can often mitigate the sentence and charges better than an individual proceeding pro se. Defense attorneys are knowledgeable about what kinds of factors may cause a prosecutor to negotiate a better plea deal. This informed communication of these factors can lead to you getting a better deal from the State or better sentence from the Court than you could otherwise get on your own.
  4. They can save you time. Learning the legal system on your own can not only be risky, but it can also be time consuming. Hiring an attorney to handle your legal matters on your behalf can help you save a lot of time while your case is making its way through the court system.
  5. They can protect your rights better than you can. Defense attorneys are trained to identify issues with the State’s case against you and to present these issues to the Court that can lead to benefits such as the exclusion of evidence at trial and even a dismissal of the charges. This knowledge gives you the best fighting chance possible against the State.

In sum, an attorney can be your lifeline after you have been charged. They are in the best position possible when it comes to mitigating the potential damage a charge can bring.

Here at the Law Office of Chelsey F. Marto we are happy to help you if you have been changed. Please contact us for a consultation.

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