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Answers to Some of the Most Commonly Asked Questions of Criminal Law Attorneys

by Liesanne Martin

A criminal law attorney should always be called if you've been accused of any crime, even if it seems minor and if it's your first offense. This is because even so-called minor crimes can have stiffer penalties than you realize, and judges and juries may not be as lenient on first-time offenders as you may think. Note some questions many people often ask a criminal law attorney the first time they call, as this might help you better understand why you should discuss criminal matters with a skilled attorney.

1. Why not plead guilty if there is no jail time involved?

Going to jail is not the only thing that should concern you when it comes to pleading guilty to a crime. Even a minor offense can be on your permanent record for years. You may not think that supposedly minor charges such as petty theft or reckless driving can cause you long-term harm, but note that sometimes employers, lenders, and the like won't look past the type of charge to which you've pleaded guilty; they may only see that you've been guilty of a misdemeanor or other such charge, and then deny your employment application or loan application. Rather than risk that, it's good to call an attorney and see about getting the charges reduced or arguing them in court.

2. Why not deal directly with the prosecutor?

While you may think that you're making a prosecutor's job easier by dealing directly with him or her, remember that some like to have a "track record" of convictions, rather than a record of cases they allowed to be negotiated down to lesser charges. You may also inadvertently say something that could be used against you in court if you did decide to fight the charges, and prosecutors don't need to warn you about the things you say when talking to them. Rather than trying to negotiate charges on your own, it's good to have a criminal law attorney handle this for you.

3. Will a past conviction make the situation worse?

A good criminal law attorney will work very hard to keep past convictions out of court and away from a jury, arguing that past convictions should have nothing to do with the crime you're accused of today. However, without their expertise, a prosecutor may bring up past convictions or at least try to bring these up in court, in order to win their case. If you already have a criminal record, it's good to ensure you have proper representation so you can minimize the damage of your past convictions as much as possible.