You always have the right to defend yourself against criminal charges pro se, which means that you can defend yourself without representation from an attorney. However, you also have the right to representation. Even if you can’t afford a lawyer on your own, the state will furnish one to defend you in court.
It’s always a good idea to accept legal representation because — even in cases where you’ve been involved in a criminal process before — you probably do not have the level of education and experience required to navigate this complicated and nuanced process. For the average criminal defense lawyer, court proceedings and all the red tape that comes with them are second-nature. Your lawyer will know exactly what you need to do in order to pursue the best possible result for your trial proceedings.
Here’s what your defense lawyer will try to achieve for you:
- Advise you about your legal rights and help you understand what to expect in the criminal process.
- Protect your constitutional rights based on the way police are treating you during your legal proceedings.
- Negotiate a plea bargain settlement to potentially resolve your case with a significantly reduced punishment.
- Investigate facts, evidence, cross-examine witnesses
- Object to the presentation of evidence and inappropriate questions in a way that helps your case.
- Cast doubt on the prosecution’s version of the facts being presented against you.
An experienced criminal defense attorney who knows and understands the courts, laws and judges in the Williamsport area is essential when defending yourself against criminal allegations. If you want to benefit from having experienced criminal defense counsel by your side, our law firm is available to help.