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Why You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer

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If you have been charged with a Mississippi criminal offense, it is extremely important that you contact an experienced Mississippi criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

It is estimated that less than one percent of those charged with a crime represent themselves—for a very good reason.

Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side can significantly lower the penalties and consequences of your criminal charges.

An experienced Mississippi criminal defense attorney can do the following for your case

  • Carefully examine the prosecution’s evidence, determining whether there are any holes in that evidence. While you might not be able to identify weak points in the prosecution’s case against you, your experienced criminal defense attorney can skillfully do that.
  • Ensure all paperwork is correctly filed in a timely manner. Many people wrongly assume there will be someone at the courthouse who will kindly help them fill out the paperwork associated with their criminal case, however this is simply not the case. Court clerks are busy with their regular duties, and will have neither the time nor the inclination to assist you with paperwork.
  • Will know about alternative sentences, such as diversion programs which could be used in your case. Getting a good plea deal or having your charges decreased to lesser charges will be one of the goals of your experienced criminal defense attorney.
  • If your case requires expert witnesses, a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer knows who to call, and how to get them on the witness stand. Having expert witnesses testify on your behalf can often mean the difference between a conviction and a jail sentence.
  • An experienced criminal defense lawyer helps his or her clients deal with the emotions which accompany criminal charges—fear, anxiety and embarrassment, to name a few.
  • They are very well acquainted with the law, and can quickly decipher court interpretations of federal and state statutes. Your criminal defense attorney will also be familiar with local court customs and procedures—a skill which can sometimes mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal.
  • They are well-aware of the many consequences of pleading guilty to criminal charges—consequences you may have not thought of.
  • Your Mississippi criminal defense attorney can spend the time on your case you may not be able to, if you have a regular job. Gathering and examining documents, talking to witnesses, and researching the legalities of your case can be very time-consuming.
  • If you are accused of a criminal offense, it is likely witnesses will not want to talk to you, particularly if they believe you committed that crime. Witnesses are much more likely to talk to your criminal defense attorney or the investigator hired by your attorney than to you.

The Benefits of Early Representation

Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your case is important from start to finish, but if you have an idea you may be arrested, but no arrest has yet been made, it is even more important to call a criminal defense attorney. An experienced attorney may be able to negotiate a dismissal before charges are actually brought. Even if you have already been arrested, finding legal representation quickly can improve your odds of a positive outcome. The early stages of the case are when negotiations, plea bargains and dropping or lessening charges most often occur. Calling an experienced spokesperson who will fight for your rights and your future is the single most important thing you can do when criminal charges are involved.

 Contact Our Jackson Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you have been charged with any type of crime in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Meridian, or anywhere in the State of Mississippi, the best thing you can do is to contact an experienced Mississippi criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. These are serious charges and must be fought aggressively. Contact Coxwell & Associates today at 1-601-948-1600 or 1-877-231-1600.

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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.