In simple terms, a crime is something that is prohibited by law and for which the government can punish you for. In Washington, crimes are generally classified into Felonies and Misdemeanors.
If you are charged with a crime, you are innocent unless proven guilty. To convict a defendant of a crime, the prosecutor must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A criminal defense lawyer provides representation to people facing criminal charges.
Often times, many people facing criminal charges have no idea what the consequences are of their alleged crime; or they simply lack an understanding of how the prosecutor will attempt to prove the government’s case.
A good criminal defense lawyer teaches their client the fundamentals of what crime or statute they are being accused of. They discuss vulnerabilities of the case – even if wrongly accused. They discuss and provide options to defend or mitigate consequences of punishment.
All defendants shall be given a vigorous defense advocate and someone to serve as a pillar to prevent injustice.
What Are The Common Types Of Criminal Cases Your Firm Handles?
The majority of my cases involve misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and lower-level felonies. More specifically, many of the cases that I handle are DUIs, thefts, domestic violence cases, and drug-related cases. Many cases I handle have some form of underlying issue that needs to be addressed, such as alcohol, drugs, or mental health issues. For instance, a DUI charge might involve a client who has an underlying alcohol issue. Perhaps the possible issue with alcohol needs to be addressed through an alcohol assessment or evaluation through chemical dependency counselor. I’ve counseled many clients over the years, and sometimes just connecting them to a trained professional can really help them change their life. Read More