When you hear someone say, “You need a criminal defense lawyer,” you might wonder what an attorney actually does – especially outside the courtroom. (We’ve all seen plenty of legal dramas on TV that show defense lawyers getting the slam-dunk in court.)
So what does a criminal defense lawyer do?
What Does a Criminal Defense Lawyer Do?
A criminal defense lawyer does a lot more than appear in court and argue for his or her clients, but that’s the part that most people see.
When you contact an attorney, the first thing he or she will do is review your case. Your lawyer will ask you several specific questions about your situation. Your answers will help your attorney identify strengths and weaknesses in your case, as well as develop a defense that will get you the best possible outcome.
While your lawyer is researching your case, he or she will review the evidence the prosecution has against you, as well. (Your attorney has the right to see it in order to provide you with a quality defense.)
Once your attorney has gathered all the facts, it’s time to analyze all the facts and evidence. Sometimes this requires having evidence tested independently.
Throughout the whole process, your lawyer will stay in touch with you. He or she will explain updates and developments to keep you informed, as well as answer all your questions.
If a jury will be involved in your case, your lawyer will help with choosing jurors. In some cases, attorneys can have jurors removed; that often happens when a juror might be biased against you or should otherwise be disqualified. Your attorney might also try to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor.
When it’s time for you to appear in court for a trial, your lawyer will be there with you. He or she will argue on your behalf, question witnesses (and possibly even you), and work to convince the jury that the prosecutor doesn’t have enough evidence – or the right type of evidence – to convict you of the crime.
Do You Need to Talk to a Criminal Defense Attorney?
If you need to talk to a lawyer about criminal charges, call us right now at 414-383-6700 for a free case review. We may be able to help you.