Facing criminal charges and penalties can be a stressful experience. Unfortunately, this stress can lead to a lot of mistakes or actions that jeopardize the strength of one’s defense. These types of critical errors often come as confessions during law enforcement stops or questioning or as guilty pleas early in a case. In either scenario, confessing or pleading guilty eliminates and significantly limits your ability to assert your rights and your chances of avoiding charges / penalties.
One of the most defining aspects of the American criminal justice system is the presumption of innocence. In the most clear cut terms, this means you have the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. As such, this also means you have the right to challenge the government’s claims against you, and to make them carry the burden of proving you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Ultimately, an experienced defense attorney can explain your options after you’ve been charged. Because every case is unique, these options will always depend on the facts and circumstances of your specific case, which may include:
- The reason for you being stopped/arrested
- What happened during a search, questioning, and/or arrest
- The nature of the charges against you
- Your criminal history
The consequences of a conviction for any crime can be severe and far reaching. It may be used against you in subsequent criminal or civil matters, create limitations on your life, and potentially limit opportunities in your future. As experienced criminal defense lawyers in Polk County, we know it is important to always consult a seasoned legal professional before pleading guilty, even if you think you may be guilty or the prosecutor has offered you some type of deal.
A criminal defense attorney can help you evaluate your case and assess all your available legal options. By diligently vetting police reports and any evidence against you, an attorney can provide insight regarding the reduction of charges or penalties, how a case can be brought to trial, and how to make an informed that produces a positive outcome.
If you have been charged with a crime in Bartow or any of the surrounding communities of Florida, our Polk County criminal defense attorneys at Boswell & Dunlap, LLP are available to review your case and answer any questions you may have during a FREE consultation. Contact us today to get started.