Criminal defense lawyers are often the subject of scorn – after all, they may need to represent clients who are ultimately found guilty of crimes — sometimes even terrible crimes. But it’s important to remember that in any criminal proceeding it’s the State asserting its authority over a single civilian. Our criminal justice system recognizes this, so while there are many built-in safeguards to prevent abuse of the State’s power, these safeguards are useless without someone to guarantee them. That’s the job of the criminal defense lawyer.
In other words: regardless of guilt or innocence, every citizen has the right to a fair trial and someone to defend them in court.
If you find yourself in a bind, your defense lawyer will make sure you understand your rights and will ensure they have not been violated. He or she may start by looking for any procedural errors; they may seek to have charges dismissed because of unreliable evidence or testimony.
It’s important to seek the help of a defense lawyer as early as possible. There are many actions a defense lawyer can take to protect you in the early stages that may not be possible as your case progresses.