The criminal defense is a strategic argument that challenges the legitimacy and sufficiency of the prosecution’s evidence. The prosecution, also known as the state (for State crimes) or the United States (for Federal crimes), is charged with proving every element of the crime you are accused of beyond a reasonable doubt. The defense attorney has many different ways to poke holes in the prosecutor’s case, such as claiming duress, that someone else committed the crime and so you could not be guilty, or that you lacked intent to commit the offense.
When you are searching for the right criminal defense lawyer to help with your case, one of the most important things is their level of experience. You should be able to tell by the information they have on their website, or from word of mouth, whether or not they are a good fit for you. An experienced attorney will have a good understanding of the nuances of criminal law and a working knowledge of local courts and prosecutors.
In addition, a good criminal defense lawyer will have a reputation for being honest, dependable and hard-working. A good lawyer will always do their best for each client and never make any promises they cannot keep. You should be very wary of any criminal attorney who claims they can guarantee a certain result to their clients. This type of claim is a red flag and should be avoided at all costs.