Need a criminal law attorney? Yes, If You Have Been Accused of a Crime

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Need a criminal law attorney? Yes, If You Have Been Accused of a Crime

There aren’t too many things more harrowing than being arrested for a crime but hiring an experienced criminal law attorney, no matter how serious the crime, can help lessen charges, negotiate a plea bargain, or get your charges dropped entirely.

What you don’t want to do, no matter how secure you feel about your innocence, is to attempt to represent yourself in court. Attorneys are skilled in courtroom procedures and less likely to experience anxiety that can cause you to trip up over details that are critical to your defense.

Attorneys also understand the nuances involved with interviewing witnesses, negotiating with prosecutors, and assessing available evidence to determine whether or not there is a solid case against you.

Innocent and Behind Bars? It’s Possible

Because those arrested are considered innocent until proven guilty, a criminal defense attorney will help ensure that you aren’t convicted of a crime you didn’t commit.

According to statistics, as many as 230,000 wrongfully-convicted people are currently behind bars. For example, Anthony Broadwater, a man who was wrongly convicted in the sexual assault of author Alice Sebold (“The Lovely Bones”), spent 16 years behind bars based on what was later determined to be a deeply flawed case. His conviction was vacated in late 2021.

Having the right criminal law attorney on your side can prevent you from becoming a similar statistic.

Your attorney will help you consider various options if your case should go to trial, and can help you decide if you should take a plea bargain if one should be offered to you, based upon the evidence being used against you by prosecutors.

Prosecutors Hold Most of the Cards

Because prosecutors have the power to determine whether or not to file criminal charges and what charges to file, you want an attorney who is a skilled negotiator, which could ultimately help determine what charges you might ultimately face.

While statutes may make it seem as though a potential sentence is set in stone, your attorney can negotiate with prosecutors in a variety of ways so a case that seems bleak at the outset might have a more favorable outcome.

Are You in Search of a Criminal Law Attorney?

If you are being charged with a crime, contact the law office of Rowena Nelson, LLC. She and her team of skilled attorneys can handle a wide range of criminal cases and can be reached via email at [email protected] or by calling (301)-358-3271 for a consultation.

Located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Rowena N. Nelson’s offices serve the entire state of Maryland.