People throw lawyer jokes around with impudence in bars, at restaurants, at work. But when it comes down to it—when you’re faced with jail time—you’d want an aggressive lawyer on your side. Your life can quickly change when a cop suddenly puts you in cuffs and you take a ride to the precinct to get processed for booking. When you go from a person of interest to a suspect, all those clever lawyer jokes will seem pointless. And the skills and expertise of an Atlanta criminal lawyer will be godsend once you enter that courtroom for a bail hearing.
If you’ve seen your share of “Law and Order” series, you may recall one or two crucial rights of every defendant. You may even have the presence of mind to invoke those, if and when the detectives on the case take you into an interview room and rattle you with their good cop/bad cop routine. Yes, you know that you have the right to not answer questions during an investigation. Yes, you’re fully aware that you have the right to walk out of an interview if the police explicitly say you aren’t actually under arrest.
But are you aware that should the police fail to read you your rights and you somehow volunteer information, which could incriminate you in a misdemeanor or felony case, that piece of information could be thrown out of court when your defense lawyer argues it before a trial judge? Should that information be central to the prosecution’s case, your defense lawyer might even move for a dismissal based on lack of evidence.
The criminal justice system guarantees that both sides—the accused and the accuser—are equally protected. Every criminal defendant has a right to legal counsel, even when he can’t afford it. This is why every city in every state has an established office for public defenders who provide legal service to defendants who can’t afford legal counsel.
Unfortunately, with the increasing budget cuts that plague every courtroom and public attorney’s office, most public defendants are burdened with numerous cases they can’t possibly attend to as proficiently as a defense lawyer at a firm. If your public defendant is dragging one of those stroller wheel bags with files sticking out and he can’t seem to get your name right, fire him. A disorganized lawyer is a detriment to your case, especially if it’s a felony case.
An Atlanta criminal lawyer from a reputable firm will have the time, the resources, and the priceless expertise to possibly get you an acquittal. Whether it’s a felony case involving Internet spam distribution or serious offence involving battery on a police officer, whether it’s a vehicular homicide or obstruction of justice on another ongoing criminal case, an aggressive criminal defense attorney will help you out of any jam.
By the time the judge says, “You’re free to go” and she pounds that gavel, you’ll forget every lawyer joke you’ve ever heard. And all that matters is that you shake your defense lawyer’s hand and thank him for your newfound liberty.