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What Does A Criminal Lawyer Do, And What Is The Process?

Innocent Defendant Facing Criminal Charges

What to Expect After Being Arrested in New Jersey

If you are arrested on suspicion of a crime, one of your first actions should be to get in touch with a criminal defense attorney. A defense attorney’s job is to defend all the rights of the accused during the criminal justice process, to speak on their behalf, and to work for the best possible outcome for their client. So how does the process work, and what should you expect? 

Getting Your Attorney

If you are being questioned by law enforcement, you have the right to have an attorney present throughout the whole process, and your case can be thrown out if the police do not give you the opportunity to seek one out. If you have the resources, you can hire the attorney of your choice from a private firm. If you don’t, you will have to wait to have an attorney appointed for you by the court. These attorneys are known as public defenders, and are paid by the state. Public defenders are often forced to take on a higher amount of cases than their private counterparts, so keep this in mind. 

The First Steps 

Once you get the opportunity to personally meet with your attorney, you will sit down to discuss the details of your case to get a good grip on the situation. They will ask you questions and have you explain the situation in detail so that they can start formulating a plan to attack the charges on your behalf. 

After gathering initial information, the attorney will then take time to investigate all the relevant facts about your case to formulate a defense. This can include talking to police and witnesses, gathering police and other reports, and contacting expert witnesses if they think they can help your case. 

Resolving The Case

There are a number of different ways that your case can be resolved from plea bargains to trial. Your defense attorney will take a good look at the facts of your case and advise you on the best way to proceed. Each case is different, and this is true even for different defendants in the same situation. A skilled criminal defense attorney will weigh all the options and give you their opinion on the best way to proceed. The choice is ultimately yours, but be sure to listen to your attorney’s advice and let them lay out all the pros and cons. Most criminal cases today are resolved through plea bargaining, but this does not necessarily mean you are getting a bad deal. Let your attorney explain your options and know that they have your best interests in mind. 

Keep In Mind

Just like all attorneys, it is important for a criminal defense lawyer to keep their clients updated on any developments in their case. But it is especially necessary for criminal attorneys, as the freedom of their clients is at stake. While it is your attorney’s job to keep you updated on your case, you can certainly be proactive and make sure you are just as involved in any developments. 

Contact An Experienced NJ Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Criminal Charges Today!

Were you arrested or charged with a crime in NJ? The consequences of a conviction could be severe, leaving you with a permanent criminal record and possibly even sending you to jail. That is why you need to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible about your case. The attorneys at Hanlon Dunn Robertson Schwartz have successfully represented clients in criminal matters in Morristown, Rockaway, Denville, and throughout NJ. Call 973-425-5066 f or fill out the online contact form to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team. We have an office conveniently located at 33 Market Street, Morristown, NJ 07960 as well as an office at 317 George Street, 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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