Criminal Defense Lawyers
You have most likely seen on television, or in the movies a person being arrested and being, as we call it, read their rights. One of the lines in this most famous of police monologues is "You have the right to an attorney (or council). If you cannot afford an attorney one will be provided for you." Ever wonder what this really means? Would you know what to do if this happened to you? What do Criminal Defense Lawyers do? Why do they defend known criminals? In this article we will look into the job of criminal defense lawyers and attempt to answer some of the questions relating to them. If you're in need of a criminal lawyer we will hopefully point you in the right directions.
What does it mean to have the right to an attorney?
Just as it sounds. If you're arrested or under suspicion you may be recommended to seek the advice of legal council or a criminal defense lawyer. They have a legal and ethical duty to defend you, your interests and represent you if necessary in court. They are also obliged to provide the best defense possible for you or they are subject to legal malpractice or disbarment.
Do Criminal Defense Lawyers have to defend people they know are guilty? It does happen. Under our legal system, everyone is entitled to a defense and a fair trial. This includes the guilty. The criminal lawyer may vary well have to defend someone they know is guilty. Again, they are still obliged to provide the best dense possible. They can however, try to get the person to confess to the crime or plead guilty to a lesser charge without facing legal malpractice.
Criminal Defense Lawyers are expensive, what if you cannot afford one? Then a lawyer must be provided for you, usually through a public defenders office. Granted, these are not always the most experienced criminal lawyers but the are far better than going it alone. You may also find more experienced criminal lawyers that will take you case for a reduced rate or even for free so it is worth looking.
Criminal Defense Lawyers sometimes are unfairly given a bad name. They do more than just get the guilty off; they provide legal advice for many who need it and play a vital role in ensuring our legal system, which is one of the best in the world, runs fairly and smoothly. There will always be those that abuse and take advantage of the system but it isn't fair to paint them all with the same brush. If there wasn't crime, there would be no need for criminal defense lawyers.