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In 2013, there were over 185,000 crimes committed in Maryland, including violent crime and property crime. In the same year, Washington DC had over 115,000 crimes. Those who have committed crimes, or who have been wrongly charged with committing a crime, secure criminal defense attorneys to help them with their case.
What Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Do?
Criminal defense attorneys have experience helping clients resolve lots of different kinds of criminal charges. They are well-versed in all aspects of criminal law, including plea negotiations and trial procedures. Your attorney can help you at every stage of your case and will be able to give you knowledgeable advice about what you should do when it comes to accepting a plea deal, talking to the police, or going to trial.
Criminal defense attorneys also assist by preparing defenses to the allegations against you.
It is important to remember that the law is complex. Engaging an attorney who knows how to defend you when you have been charged with a crime is the best choice for yourself, your loved ones, and your future.
What to Look for When Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer
You should consult the criminal defense attorney who will be most able to help you to fight the charges against you. Many lawyers who practice criminal defense are general practitioners, meaning they have handled many different cases and crimes. Some criminal defense attorneys focus their practice on certain types of crime, such as white-collar crime, homicides, sexual assaults, or property crimes.
When searching for an attorney to help you with your case, make sure that he or she has experience in handling the type of crime with which you have been charged. A lawyer who handles mostly homicides may not be the best option for someone who has been charged with a drug crime.
You should look for an attorney who:
- Has a successful track record of jury verdicts
- Has a successful track record of negotiating beneficial plea deals
- Knows courtroom procedures
- Is articulate and well-spoken
- Has access to good investigators and experts that may be needed for trial preparation
The attorneys here at Lotze Mosley are very well versed in criminal law, and we have a successful track record of defending clients over many years. Our tenacity and experience will be of great value to you if you are facing criminal charges.
For an initial consultation, we welcome your call to our office at (202) 393-0535.