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What Do Criminal Defense Attorneys Do?

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.