Criminal defense attorneys provide legal representation to individuals and organizations charged with criminal offenses. They perform a variety of tasks to defend their clients, including:
Investigating the case: Criminal defense attorneys will thoroughly investigate the case by gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing police reports and other documents.
Advising clients: They will advise their clients on their legal rights and options, and help them understand the potential consequences of their case.
Building a defense: Criminal defense attorneys will use the information gathered during their investigation to build a defense strategy for their clients.
Negotiating plea deals: They may also negotiate with the prosecution to secure a plea deal, which can result in a reduced sentence.
Representing clients in court: They will represent their clients in court, making arguments and presenting evidence on their behalf.
Representing clients in appeals: If the case goes to appeal, the attorney will represent the client throughout the appeals process.
Representing clients in negotiations with the authorities: Criminal defense attorneys also can negotiate with the authorities on the client’s behalf, to get the best possible outcome for their client.
Representing clients in plea bargaining: Criminal defense attorneys may negotiate with the prosecution to reach a plea bargain, which can result in a reduced sentence or lesser charges.