If you’re like many people who have been accused of a crime in Wisconsin—whether it’s possession of a controlled substance, armed robbery, or identity theft (or something else entirely)—you’ll probably want to talk to an attorney as soon as possible.
That’s true even if you’re innocent.
Why Would You Need a Lawyer if You’re Innocent?
Many people make the mistake of believing that because they never committed the crime, they’ll never do the time. Unfortunately, our jails and prisons are populated by too many innocent people.
The prosecutor in your case has one job: To prove to the jury that you committed a crime. He or she wants you to be convicted; the prosecutor believes that you committed the crime, and will give the court as much evidence as possible to get them to believe it, too.
It’s important that you know you have the right to work with a Milwaukee criminal defense attorney who can speak up for you in court. Your lawyer will be able to tell your side of the story, and in doing so, will try to make jurors doubt what the prosecutor is telling them.
You don’t have to prove that you’re innocent. The prosecutor has to prove that you’re guilty—and in order to convict you, the jury has to believe (beyond a reasonable doubt) that the prosecutor is right. Your attorney’s job is to make the jury doubt the prosecutor’s story.
No two cases are alike, and there’s no way to guarantee a jury’s decision, but many people find that it’s helpful to have a lawyer arguing for them to fight back against what the state’s attorney (the prosecutor) is saying.
Do You Need to Talk to a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Milwaukee?
If you’ve been accused of a crime and think you might need an attorney, call us right away at 414-383-6700. You can also get in touch with us online for a free case review. We’ll discuss your situation and start putting together the defense that gets you the best possible outcome.