WHAT TO TELL YOUR ATTORNEY

Posted on: July 22, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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Orange County criminal defense attorneyIn Orange County, if you are accused of a robbery or theft, a drug crime or a sex crime, a DUI offense, or a crime of domestic violence, you must retain legal help at once and contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney. When a criminal defense attorney in California takes on a client charged with a crime, that lawyer must put the client’s best interests above everything else, even if the client admits to being guilty. After all, a confession can be coerced, offered to protect someone else, or the product of a confused or unsound mind. Even if the evidence against you is overwhelming and you are found guilty by a jury, your attorney’s job hasn’t ended. Negotiating for reduced or alternative sentencing is an important part of a criminal defense lawyer’s work.

Even after you’ve been formally charged with a crime, you are considered (“presumed”) innocent until and unless the state can prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Your defense lawyer’s job is to dispute the evidence and cast doubt on the prosecutor’s case against you. Your attorney is not required to prove that you are innocent, but rather to prevent the prosecutor from proving that you are guilty. Some attorneys operate on the principle that the less they know, the better, and they believe this approach helps them to remain objective. Let your lawyer tell you what he or she wants to hear. If a defense attorney wants the whole truth from you, tell it. Your communication with your lawyer is confidential and privileged. Be certain, however, that when you tell an attorney the truth, it really is the truth. If you change your story later, it complicates your lawyer’s ability to defend you.

Be honest with your attorney, but don’t feel obligated to answer questions that aren’t asked. The most important thing, after hiring an attorney to represent you in a criminal matter, is to follow that attorney’s advice. If you are charged with a drug crime, a sex crime, a theft crime, or a DUI in southern California, discuss your case at once with an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney.

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