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How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You

Criminal Defense Attorney

Many people think that once you have been charged for a criminal offense, there is not much that a criminal defense attorney can do to reduce the sentence. However, hiring an experienced attorney could be in your best interest. Not only can an attorney get your sentence reduced and protect you from additional charges, but they can also help get your case dismissed.

Having to deal with the police or the prosecutor may not be easy if you are on your own. You may be vulnerable to being treated unfairly or taken advantage of by other parties. Moreover, if you are not an experienced attorney, you will not know the full extent of the legalities involved in your case. If you have a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to represent you, he or she will make sure that you are treated fairly and that the laws and statutes work for you to reduce your sentence or have your charges dismissed altogether.

If you are considering representing yourself, remember that if you are not familiar with the law and the legal system, you may end up incriminating yourself. With an experienced attorney by your side, you can rest assured that no such mistake will happen and that you will be represented to the fullest extent possible. Even when it comes to facing the representatives of the justice system such as the prosecutor, judge and other officials during your trial, you will always be at an advantage if you hire a criminal defense attorney who is familiar with all the proceedings.

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At The Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC, no case is too big or too small. Whether you have been issued a summons for municipal court or you have been charged with a first degree offense, you will receive the same aggressive and hard-hitting representation. If you are faced with a criminal charge and need legal representation, call 201-420-1913 or email at joel@joelsilbermanlaw.com.

 

Slide | Factors to Consider When Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are facing a criminal charge, hiring the right defense attorney can help you deal with your criminal case more effectively. It is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. However, choosing the right attorney can be challenging. When searching for an attorney, look for someone who is experienced and can fight for you and protect your reputation and rights. If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a criminal offense, contact us. We will provide you with an aggressive defense from start to finish, and will keep you informed regarding your case. Call us at 201-420-1913

Factors to Consider When Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

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Types of Defenses to Criminal Charges

Defenses to Criminal Charges

A person who has been charged with a criminal offense appears in court. If he or she pleads “not guilty,” the trial officially begins. In order to convict the accused, the prosecutor must prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The court gives the defendant an opportunity to present a defense. However, the final decision rests in the hands of the judge or the jury. Here are some common defenses against criminal charges:

 
  1. Presumption of innocence
    According to the law, people accused of a crime are legally presumed to be innocent. This principle requires the prosecutor to prove the criminal defendant’s guilt. Due to the presumption of innocence, the defendant does not need to argue the case, present any witnesses, or do anything to prove innocence. If the prosecutor can’t convince the jury that the defendant is guilty, he or she goes free.
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  3. Proof beyond reasonable doubt
    Because of the serious consequences of a criminal conviction, a prosecutor must prove unequivocal guilt. In other words, the prosecutor must convince a judge or jury that the defendant is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” If a reasonable doubt exists relative to one or more elements of the crime that has been charged, the defendant can argue the case. If doubt remains or the ‘burden of proof’ has not been met, the defendant is given the benefit of the doubt and cleared of the charge.
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  5. The alibi defense
    In this defense, the defendant attempts to prove that he or she was somewhere other than the scene of the crime at the time the crime allegedly occurred. It seeks to prove that the defendant is innocent. For example, if the defendant was accused of committing a burglary at a certain date or time, the evidence to support the alibi might consist of family testimony and other evidence proving that he or she was at a different place.
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  7. Self-defense
    Self-defense is about the right to protect oneself or others from physical harm by using reasonable force or defensive force. It means the person doesn’t necessarily have to wait for the attack in order to act in self-defense. However, the force used should be reasonable under the circumstances. This type of defense is commonly used by defendants who have been accused of violent crimes, such as battery, assault with a deadly weapon or murder. The defendant admits violence, but attributes the crime to the other person’s threatening or violent acts. The core issues in most self-defense cases are:
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    • Who was the aggressor?
    • Where did the incident take place?
    • Did the defendant have a duty to retreat before using force?
    • Was the defendant’s belief that self-defense was necessary reasonable?
    • Was the force used by the defendant reasonable?
     
  9. Insanity defense
    In this defense, the defendant admits the offense, but seeks to absolve himself or herself from blame on the grounds of insanity. It is based on the principle that punishment is justified only when one is able to control one’s behavior and has the capacity to understand that one has committed a crime. This defense prevents people who cannot fully function in society from being criminally punished. An insanity defense case involves complex procedures and various tests to determine the truth of the claim.
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  11. Intoxication defense
    This defense depends on whether the intoxication was voluntary or involuntary, and whether the intent in question was clear and strong enough to merit a criminal charge. Involuntary intoxication can be a defense to criminal charges if the person was tricked or forced into consuming drugs or alcohol. Generally, voluntary intoxication does not excuse criminal conduct. However, some states have an exception to this rule. The defendant can argue that he or she was too drunk or high to have formed the intent to commit the crime. Specific intent can only be used as a partial defense in a case. It can be used to raise reasonable doubt about specific intent in a crime.
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  13. The defense of entrapment
    Entrapment occurs when the government or the law enforcement officers persuade a person to commit a crime by actually placing the idea in their mind. For example, the police may use overbearing tactics or coercion to induce someone to commit a crime. However, entrapment can be difficult to prove when a defendant has a prior related conviction. In addition, the defendant may be found guilty even if a government agent suggested or helped commit the crime if a judge or jury believes that he or she had the inclination to commit the crime.

Need a strong criminal defense? Contact The Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC

The Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC are dedicated to fighting for individuals who are facing Federal, State or Municipal charges. We will defend you and your loved ones against all types of violent crime charges. Call us today at 201-420-1913 or email us at joel@joelsilbermanlaw.com.

 
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