The other benefits of hiring a criminal defense lawyer

The other benefits of hiring a criminal defense lawyer

You’ve been charged with a serious crime and you have the means to hire a top flight criminal defense attorney. It pretty much goes without saying that you’re going to get what you pay for in terms of a great lawyer who will mount a smart and convincing defense on your behalf. It’s also a guarantee that you’ll get not only a brilliant attorney but you’ll also have access to many of the resources in his or her firm that will improve your odds of winning a dismissal of the charges against you.

Those benefits are obvious, but if you’re not familiar with the court system or how a criminal defense attorney works, then you may not be aware of the other benefits that they can bring to your case and your life.

One key advantage that may sound counter to what you believe is that in the long run, they may save you considerable sums of money. How can this be? If you’re facing a crime that includes fines in addition to a prison sentence, a defense attorney can work within the system to negotiate reduced fines, lessen court costs and attempt to lower the financial impact the whole process will have on you. An experienced attorney’s actions may also include minimizing the number of days you miss from work, reducing the threat of putting your job and your livelihood in jeopardy.

An excellent attorney will not only be skilled in the ways of the court system but will also be available to provide ongoing moral and emotional support. Fear, depression, anxiety, shame and other feelings are common when charged with a crime, and a great attorney knows that keeping you on an even emotional keel can only help your chances of acquittal, as well lessening a considerable burden.

A good criminal defense attorney will have a thorough understanding of the facts of your case and the ability to remove emotion when necessary. In some instances, it may make more sense to negotiate down to a lesser charge instead of going to trial. A plea bargain can save you from unreasonable expectations, as well as allow you to move on more quickly with your life.

Decker & Jones serves clients in Denver, Golden and communities throughout Jefferson County, Colorado.