When someone has been arrested, they may wonder if they can just a family attorney to handle their particular charges. They may have a friend who practices law or another connection so they just assume they can go with this person instead of a criminal defense attorney. In general, this is a bad idea. Experience gives a lawyer insight into a how a particular case might proceed and allows an attorney to provide sound legal advice.
With criminal matters, every case is different as there are a variety of facts that will influence the charges. This is why attorneys tell clients that past results are no indication of future success – the facts of two cases, even with the exact same charges, can be wildly different. But even with these differing facts, an experienced defense lawyer understands what to look for and understands what the prosecution will need to prove in order to achieve conviction. This insight can prove invaluable when deciding how best to proceed on a particular case.
Often, the prosecution will offer some kind of plea deal for a client to consider. The vast majority of criminal cases in Oregon and across the nation are ultimately settled out of court with few going to trial. This is essentially an exercise in risk management for the defendant: is accepting this offer better than the risk of going to trial and risking a conviction? An experienced attorney can explain the benefits and disadvantages of such a plea deal and explain whether or not it is a good offer.
If the defendant decides to take his or her case to trial, an experienced defense attorney knows how to strongly advocate in front of jury and work to build reasonable doubt about the client’s guilt. The burden of proof is on the prosecution to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, so if an attorney can attack the evidence and build doubt in a jury’s mind, it can lead to a not guilty verdict for a defendant. Without experience in front of a jury, a lawyer might seem timid or unprepared, which reflects poorly on a defendant. An experienced lawyer understands this and will make sure that their client is represented to the best of their ability.
If you have been arrested in Portland or anywhere in Oregon, you need to be sure that your attorney has experience in criminal matters. With so much on the line, this is not the time to risk using a lawyer who generally practices another area of law.
At Kroll & Johnson, our attorneys have substantial experience helping clients with a variety of charges and will put that experience to work for you. We will aggressively fight the charges against you and work to achieve the best outcome possible for your particular charges. We will offer sound advice on how best to proceed and do everything possible to bring a positive resolution to your case. For a free consultation about your arrest, contact Kroll & Johnson right away.