If you’ve been charged with a crime, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and believe all hope is lost. While every case is unique, there are simple things you can do to benefit your case and increase your chances of achieving the best possible outcome. One of those things is enlisting the help of our talented Nassau County Criminal Defense Attorneys, who can help weigh all factors to develop a strong defense strategy that is most likely to succeed.
How Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Help You Win Your Case?
Without realizing it, many criminal defendants sabotage their cases by neglecting to understand their constitutional rights. Often, criminal defendants will go out of their way to try to clear things up by telling the police their side of the story. However, this rarely works to their advantage, as innocuous statements can be twisted and used against them in a court of law. Defendants are considered innocent until prosecutors prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, invoking your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent is in your best interest.
When the police question you, exercising your Sixth Amendment right to legal counsel is essential. It’s in your best interest to avoid discussing your case with anyone other than your attorney. Moreover, being as transparent as possible with your attorney would be best. Don’t try to lie about specific details to make yourself look better. Your attorney must have all the facts to provide the best defense. Your attorney isn’t looking to judge your actions; they’re on your side. If you fail to stick to the facts, the prosecution may be able to stick holes in your defense, leading to a conviction.
What Legal Strategies Can Help?
When you work with an attorney, you can explore various defense strategies to have your charges reduced or dismissed. If your attorney believes that there is insufficient evidence against you or there is misconduct on the part of the prosecutor (like destroying evidence, they can file a legal motion to dismiss your case. Another strategy they can use to help your case is arguing for the exclusion of evidence. This would prevent the jury from hearing about certain information. Typically, this is used when the evidence is “hearsay” (unreliable) or obtained after the police violated the defendant’s rights.
As you can see, retaining the legal services of a qualified attorney is crucial in fighting your case. At Grunwald & Seman, P.C., we understand how damaging a criminal record can be. We’re prepared to help you navigate these difficult times and help you in fight for the best possible outcome.