What is Lotze Mosley’s Experience with Violent Crime Defense
Our Washington, D.C. Violent Offenses attorneys have represented individuals charged with the most serious of violent crimes: first degree murder while armed, also known as pre-meditated murder. We have also both represented individuals that have been charged with violent gang crimes, such as conspiracy to commit pre-meditated murder. Together, we have gone to trial together in over 30 homicide cases. We have attained not guilty verdicts in over 15 of those cases.
What if I Acted in Self-Defense?
Any time you are charged with a violent crime, or any crime, there is no guaranteed result. Even if you did act in self-defense, you can still be convicted of the crime. The verdict is left in the hands of the citizens of the jurisdiction that you are in. Unfortunately, verdicts can be returned that do not necessarily follow whether the defendant is guilty. It depends on the skills and advocacy of the prosecution and defense attorneys.
It is important to have the right advocate if you have been charged with a violent crime. If you are innocent, or acted in self-defense, a zealous advocate will ensure that your rights are protected and that your side of the story is heard. Lotze Mosley has attorneys who are able to act in your best interests and present any defenses you have to the crime with which you are charged.
The District of Columbia does have a self-defense law, and it is critical to the presentation of your defense that you meet with a defense attorney early on in your case. Hiring a defense attorney that will investigate your case, meet with witnesses, and present a strong defense on your behalf is key.
Are There Benefits in Going to Trial?
Oftentimes, when one has been charged with a violent crime, a plea offer is extended. However, there is not a lot of benefit in accepting a plea offer because the plea offer tends to involve a significant amount of jail time that a defendant is trying to avoid. If one goes to trial, the benefit is in winning the case. By winning the case, the defendant will not be facing any jail time at all. By taking the plea, the defendant will never know if he or she could have won the case in front of a jury.
Any legal decisions made during the trial can be challenged. A good advocate can argue on your behalf and set up claims that will be appealable if things do not go in the defendant’s favor. Going to trial may set a defendant up for the chance to have a second trial if the trial judge errs in the first trial.
Problems with Proof of Innocence
If you did not commit the crime you have been charged with, you should not enter a guilty plea – even if you do not have a lot of proof. It is important to think carefully about what entering a guilty plea means. It is a life-changing decision with life-changing consequences. One should consult with a criminal law attorney because he or she may have ideas about how to obtain evidence that will exonerate you.
Be certain to follow the legal advice of the defense attorney with whom you are working. You may think you don’t have a defense, but your attorney may think or know otherwise.
Why Violent Offenses Lawyers in Washington DC at Lotze Mosley LLP is the Best Choice
Having the right attorney is critical. Our law firm has a team of experienced, knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys who have years of experience representing defendants that have been charged with a wide variety of crimes. We have secured many positive jury verdicts and have helped uphold the rights of our clients and protect their freedom. We will fight hard for you, investigate the case, explore every single option, and advocate for you at trial. Our passion for our work shows in every case we handle, and we will do everything in our power to secure the best possible outcome for you. Call us today (202) 393-0535.