Criminal-Defense-Lawyer-Russell-B-McCormick-LawA criminal defense attorney is a lawyer who specializes in defending individuals and companies charged with criminal law violations. Criminal defense attorneys may be retained privately or appointed by the court through the Public Defender if a defendant is unable to afford private counsel.

When will I need to hire an attorney?
Most individuals hire a criminal defense lawyer for counsel and representation regarding a police or other law enforcement investigation. For the most effective representation, protection, and preservation of your rights, it is best to hire an attorney as soon as possible.

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What can I expect from my attorney?
Criminal defense lawyers represent individuals from pre-trial issues including criminal investigation and arrest to criminal charges, through trial, sentencing and post conviction proceedings. A qualified criminal defense attorney will:

  1.  examine and analyze every aspect of an investigation and arrest,
  2.  challenge evidence as unconstitutionally obtained,
  3.  defend against and cross examine all accusers,
  4.  uphold the standard of proof (beyond a reasonable doubt) by taking cases to trial.

What if I want to plead guilty; do I still need a lawyer?
Even if you think you are not innocent, you may simultaneously be not guilty. A skilled criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the process. A criminal defense attorney can also discuss potential plea agreements as an alternative to the defendant’s right to jury trial. Plea agreements, can involve a less serious charge, a lesser sentence or both.

If you’re considering a criminal attorney in Jacksonville, FL, don’t hesitate to start your free case evaluation online or by giving us a call.

How do I know if I have hired the right person?
When interviewing attorneys, make sure the attorney is highly skilled and experienced in your area. You may be speaking with a highly qualified attorney, but if he is not skilled and experienced in your area of concern, you have the chosen poorly.

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