While some criminal charges are more serious than others, there is no such thing as a “minor” criminal charge. A conviction will result in a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. Depending on the type of conviction, you could find it challenging to find employment and housing, and you may be ineligible to receive certain loans.
When your future is at stake, you should always turn to legal counsel to determine your options. Here are three reasons why you should speak to a lawyer.
1. It may be possible to get your charges dismissed or reduced
Criminal trials cost the state time and money. Prosecutors are often reluctant to spend resources fighting certain offenses, such as first-time drunk driving charges.
Defense attorneys understand how to negotiate with prosecutors. It may be possible to have your charges reduced to a less serious offense. It may be possible to reach a plea agreement that will result in the dismissal of your charges if you complete certain conditions. A lawyer can help you understand whether you should seriously consider an offer made by the prosecutor.
2. A conviction can impact your career
Some convictions cause you to lose your job or your professional career. Many jobs that require a professional license, such as a nursing license, frown on criminal convictions, and you may lose your license to practice. A defense attorney can help address these potential issues and will work hard to minimize potentially harsh consequences.
3. Your rights will be protected
Everyone has rights under the Constitution. Your case may appear hopeless to you. However, an attorney can look for evidence where your rights may have been violated to help you build a strong defense against criminal charges.
You don’t have to face the criminal justice system on your own
Everyone has the right to legal representation. No matter what the charge may be, you can protect your future with the help of a skilled professional.