What Can My Criminal Defense Lawyer Do for Me After My Arrest?
You have probably been advised to start working with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after you are arrested. This is solid advice. Your lawyer will do more than argue in court on your behalf; he or she will make it a priority to do everything possible to help your case reach a favorable resolution for you. Here is what your lawyer will do for you:
Protect Your Rights
Many of us are not fully aware of our constitutional rights and their scope. Your lawyer can bring you up to speed on exactly what you can and cannot do during interactions with law enforcement and the court. If your rights are infringed upon, your lawyer will work to rectify the issue.
Represent Your Rights and Interests in Court
Your lawyer’s goal is the same as yours: to demonstrate your innocence to the court and have the charge dismissed. He or she will do this by using available evidence — and the prosecution’s lack of relevant evidence — to show the court that it cannot find you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This could involve filing motions to have certain pieces of evidence thrown out or by assembling witnesses to provide testimony as part of your defense strategy.
Help you Make Productive Choices for Your Case
Sometimes, the best possible outcome for your case is accepting a plea bargain or seeking admission to a diversion program. Your lawyer can advise you about these options and help you determine whether one is feasible and a better alternative to continuing to fight your charge and potentially facing a conviction.
After the court rules on your case, your lawyer can also help you determine whether appealing the decision is a valid option. If so, he or she will work with you to file an appeal.
Advocate for You After Your Case is Closed
After you are sentenced, found innocent, or admitted to a diversion program, your interaction with the court is not over.
Even if you are found innocent, your arrest will remain on your criminal record. If you qualify for an expungement, your lawyer can work with you to have your record expunged once you are able to do so.
If you are sentenced to probation or released on parole, your lawyer can help you remain in compliance with the terms of your probation or parole and help you fight any violation charges you face.
Your lawyer can also be your advocate while you work through a diversion program. Failure to complete a program requirement can subject you to the original penalties you faced. Your lawyer can help you stay on track with your program and if the court alleges that you somehow violated its terms, your lawyer can defend your case.
Work with an Experienced Geneva Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, start working with an experienced Naperville criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Contact our team at Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC today to schedule your initial legal consultation in our office today.