The Colorado Criminal Code outlines all the laws in the state for criminal activities and potential criminal charges. It is a complex and confusing document that most people cannot fully understand.
However, understanding the charge, your rights, and potential penalties are important if you face criminal charges. One of the best ways to ensure you understand your situation is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.
At the Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani, LLC, our experienced criminal defense attorneys are ready to help you understand the law and ensure you have the best defense possible for your charges.
Here, you can learn more about the benefits of hiring a criminal defense attorney and how we can help protect your rights while building a strong defense.
The judicial system in Colorado is complex. Unless you have gone to law school, you probably do not understand all the laws thoroughly. This is when an experienced attorney can be beneficial.
Modern laws, codes, and regulations are confusing for the average person. However, when you hire an experienced defense lawyer, you have someone on your side, representing your interests, who understands all the legal factors related to your case.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani, LLC are ready to speak to you about the charges you are facing to help you better understand your situation.
After being arrested and charged with a crime, time is not on your side. It is important to act quickly, or the situation may become worse. Prosecutors will be working to collect evidence they can use against you.
The best chance you have of negotiating to reduce or eliminate the charges against you is to start negotiations immediately.
However, you should not attempt to do this on your own. You need representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney. They know what defenses and methods are in place to help negotiate and achieve a more desirable outcome for your situation.
When you hire a reputable and experienced criminal defense attorney, they will not compromise when defending you. Part of their representation is filling out and filing the required paperwork. For those attempting to represent themselves, this part alone can be overwhelming. Also, missing an important deadline or omitting crucial information can lead to big issues for your case.
The prosecutor will also use your lack of legal knowledge and court procedures against you if you do not hire a criminal defense attorney (in many cases).
The courts that handle criminal cases have strict deadlines, bottlenecks, and legal requirements that may be impossible to meet without someone who knows the process. An attorney will have the experience to handle these situations and ensure your case is properly represented.
Not all criminal defense lawyers are the same. While all must pass law school and the state bar to practice law in the area, each attorney has a unique specialty.
When you hire an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney, it means you have someone who has dealt with cases like yours in the past. They know what is needed to increase the likelihood of success in the courtroom.
The right lawyer and law firm will aggressively defend you and fight for your rights in and out of the courtroom.
If you are facing criminal charges, the potential penalties are likely serious. Because of this (and other reasons), a professional approach is required to deal with the situation head-on.
For example, your attorney may need to mediate between you and the person accusing you of a crime. This requires a professional touch. You should never contact the person accusing you of a crime in this situation, and your attorney will ensure you follow the law while communication needs are handled.
Hiring an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney means you have someone with established relationships with prosecutors. These are built thanks to years of working together in the legal field.
While this may not sound good, attorneys can have positive relationships with attorneys on “the other side.” This relationship may be beneficial and useful for your case and situation.
For example, the relationship may help the two parties negotiate and achieve a plea deal or more affordable bond. Remember, the defense attorney you hire is your “spokesperson.” They know how to handle the negotiations and discussions with everyone involved in your case – including the prosecuting attorney.
Many attorneys who have worked in the local area for years also have relationships with the judges. This may be beneficial for your case, as well.
A criminal defense attorney will work on your behalf and fight for your future. The attorney may be able to have your criminal charges reduced, or the penalties lessened. Sometimes, it may even be possible to have the charges dismissed. This is done by showing the police made mistakes and illegally obtained evidence against you.
If your charges are reduced, you can avoid having a felony on our record, which would likely hurt your current and future career prospects.
Your attorney may be able to reduce the penalties you face, too, including keeping you from spending time in jail or losing your job. If your case is dismissed, you can avoid any negative impact criminal convictions would have on your life.
If the police, investigators, or prosecuting attorneys want to ask you questions about the criminal case you are facing charges for, you should never answer until your lawyer is present. They can provide advice regarding how (and if) you should answer.
Trying to answer questions without your lawyer present can harm your case. You may say the wrong thing and then give the police evidence to use against you. Remember, the people questioning you are trained to get you to say what they want to hear.
You have the legal right to have your attorney present when questioned. Also, requesting your attorney is not an admission of guilt. It is you exercising your legal rights.
The prosecution has experts who will review the evidence against you. You need the same level of legal expertise on your side.
A competent and experienced criminal defense lawyer knows how to evaluate the evidence against you and determine if it was obtained in a manner that violates your constitutional rights.
Your attorney will also know how to deal with witnesses who may exaggerate the truth when asked about what happened. They can find weaknesses in the witness stories and help use these to discredit their testimony against you.
You need an attorney to examine all the evidence against you and question the witnesses the prosecution is using to prove their case.
Hiring an attorney that belongs to a larger law firm means you have the support of an entire defense team. This means you can access resources and connections to help you with your case.
It may seem counterintuitive that paying for legal services from a criminal defense attorney would save you money. However, spending money on legal representation is almost always worth the investment.
An attorney will help you receive the best possible outcome for your case. They may be able to help you keep your job and avoid losing a professional license. Think about this – how much money would you lose if you were fired tomorrow? What would you lose if your professional license was revoked?
Even if you are not fired, missing work because you are in jail can lead to financial hardship you probably want to avoid.
Having an experienced attorney is important because they can provide legal knowledge and emotional support during your case.
You will likely face a lot of pressure and stress when you are charged with a crime. Your defense attorney will stand between you and the harsh penalties of the criminal justice system.
Hiring a defense attorney from the Law Offices of Stephen J. Pisani, LLC is recommended if you face criminal charges in Colorado. Our legal team has years of experience providing strong defenses for individuals like you.
We can evaluate your case and create a plan to help you achieve the best possible outcome. The first step is to call our legal team to help with your case. We can schedule an initial consultation to discuss your situation.
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