A knowledgeable criminal lawyer can be beneficial to your case, if you or a loved one has been accused of a crime. Your attorney should be a source of support to you and be able to provide you with sound legal advice throughout your entire legal process.

A seasoned attorney can also be beneficial to your case because they have knowledge about the type of crime you have been accused of, which prosecutors they can negotiate with, and the probability that you may or may not receive a conviction for the offense. This can be beneficial for the type of strategy your lawyer will use in representing your case. They may be more inclined to settle for a plea deal in some cases, and fight aggressively in others. An experienced attorney may know which judge grants community service more often, and which judge grants rehabilitation programs as a substitution for jail time.

Some of the benefits you could receive from hiring a skilled criminal lawyer include:

  • Getting your criminal records sealed
  • Receiving the counseling you need
  • Being enrolled in the First Offender Program
  • Enrolling in a rehabilitation program
  • Having your sentence reduced
  • Getting your case dismissed prior to court
  • Avoiding hefty fines

When you schedule a consultation with a criminal lawyer, there are certain things you should consider before you hire them. Is the staff at the law firm courteous and friendly? How long from the time you called for the appointment was the attorney able to see you? Did the attorney listen intently as you discussed the case? Did the attorney provide you with detailed information regarding the possibility of being proven innocent or did they feel it might be better to settle for a plea bargain? You should take all of these details into consideration before you decide to hire the attorney. Being comfortable enough to talk openly about your case with your attorney is essential for them being able to build an aggressive representation on your behalf.

It may also be beneficial for you to hire a reputable criminal lawyer pretrial. This is the phase before your trial, and possibly, before you have even been charged, when the lawyer can help you through the legal process. Whether this means being there during your arraignment or when you discuss your case with police officers, they will provide you with the legal advice and guidance you need to help protect the integrity of your defense.

If you are summoned to court over a criminal case then this can be a highly upsetting and stressful process and something that most of us probably never thought would happen to us. Whether we are guilty or innocent, most of us don’t break the law on purpose or go about trying to upset others so already for that reason this can be highly upsetting. At the same time though you will also have to face speaking in front of an audience, taking time off of work, spending large amounts of money on legal fees, having your reputation damaged and potentially facing a sentence in jail. On the face of it going to court like this is a horrible thing to go through, but when you really get down to it there are many other difficult factors that you might not have considered.

As such then it’s important you get all the help you can, and this means using criminal lawyers who can help to defend you and make sure that your case has the very most favorable outcome possible.

So how can they do this? And what are the benefits of using criminal lawyers? Here we will look at why you should consider using a criminal lawyer and just how they can help to make the ordeal a little less distressing.

Talking You Through It

The first thing that a criminal lawyer can help with that you might not right away consider is just talking you through what to expect and preparing you for what’s about to happen. Most of us won’t have any idea how long the court cases are likely to last, what’s likely to happen during them, or how to act/dress. Using a criminal lawyer you can make sure that you are prepared for what is going to happen and have someone informed who can answer any questions you might have – which is highly encouraging.

Advising You

Your criminal lawyer isn’t just going to be able to stand up for you in court, they can also help you to decide how you are going to plead and how you should handle the matter. Think of them as expert consultants who know the best way to act in this situation – if you follow their advice to the T you might be able to get away with a reduced sentence or even settle outside of court.

Building Your Case

Building your case on your own is practically impossible and particularly if you don’t have a comprehensive knowledge of the law. Using a lawyer then you can get all the evidence and witnesses you need lined up to give you the best chance of convincing the judge and jury.

Representing You

Of course your lawyer can also represent you in court, not only drawing on their experience to make the very most convincing case for you, but also saving you the difficulty of having to stand up and talk in front of everyone.

Appeals

And if it doesn’t go to plan then not all is lost – if you have a lawyer they might be able to appeal the decision and even get the sentence changed after the fact.

In the realm of law, crimes are considered to be within a jurisdiction. This means that the trials for certain crimes are the responsibility of certain areas of the country. At the most basic division, jurisdiction is broken into two levels: state level and federal level.

States usually have jurisdiction over most crimes that occur within that state. This may include murder, theft, trespassing, and other actions that break federal and state criminal laws. Some crimes are under both federal and state jurisdiction, meaning that the trials can be heard in state or federal courts.

Some particular crimes are considered federal offenses even though they occur in certain states. These crimes are considered crimes against the federal government and may include espionage, conspiracy against the government, illegal alien smuggling, and other crimes that threaten the federal government.

Other cases that may share joint jurisdiction as previously mentioned may become exclusively federal crimes depending on the magnitude of the crime. Examples of this include major cases of embezzling, bank fraud, and drug-related crimes.

In many cases, federal crimes are considered more severe than state crimes because they put more people in danger or affect a greater number of individuals. When an individual is convicted of a federal crime, he or she may serve time in a federal prison as opposed to a state jail.

Federal crimes often carry severe punishments, and individuals who commit them often see decades or even life in prison. These sentences may be in addition to severe fines that an individual is ordered to pay.

When preparing to meet with a Family Law Attorney in Reno, it helps to be prepared. Just like at a doctor’s appointment, it is sometimes difficult to remember all the things that you need to convey to the doctor or what advice they have given you. By taking a few moments in advance to prepare yourself for the appointment, you are likely to have a more meaningful meeting with your Divorce Attorney.

For starters, list out any questions or concerns you would like to discuss with your Divorce Lawyer. Bring this list to the appointment to insure that you cover all your questions or concerns. In most cases, you are paying for this time and will want to make the most of that time and avoid having to call your Divorce Attorney with a question later. There is no such thing as a bad question for your Divorce Lawyer, so don’t be afraid to ask. The more you know about Nevada Family Law and your case, the better you will understand what is happening during your Divorce or Child Custody Case.

Bring any documents, evidence or other information that is relevant to your case to the appointment. This is particularly important if you have been served with documents or your case has been ongoing prior to hiring the attorney. This will allow your Divorce Attorney to review the ongoing case and access what is happening and if any deadlines are looming.

Be honest during your appointment. An attorney needs all the facts to evaluate your case and help you prepare for the legal process. Surprises in court or during the case can be devastating so knowing about them and being prepared to address them avoids the “surprise” in Court and before the Judge.

You should keep notes during the appointment. This will allow you to review them later in the event you cannot recall what was discussed. The notes should be put in a safe place to avoid being viewed by an opposing party or other individuals.

Many clients want to bring family or friends to their appointments with them. I discourage doing this as it wipes away the attorney-client privilege if a third party is in the meeting. To fully protect your attorney-client privilege, it is best to have your family/friends wait in the waiting room during your meeting.

During the appointment, if you don’t understand a term used or something that is told to you, it is OK to ask! I want my clients to fully understand their case, the legal process and how my office functions. You will take away some of the emotion and stress that comes from litigation by simply making sure you understand. So if you don’t understand, please ask.

If you are setting a consult or an appointment with my office, I look forward to meeting you. I hope you take the time to read this entry and come as prepared as possible to our meeting so that I can provide the best service to you.