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When Do I Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?

Every year, Americans go to jail a staggering 10.6 million times in total. More than 600,000 of these people end up in prison. That makes the US the country with the highest incarceration rates globally, with over two million people held in US prisons as of 2021. 

Among the top reasons people end up behind bars are criminal charges. But not every crime charge ends up in a conviction. This is especially so if you have a criminal defense attorney in your corner. 

Understandably, it’s tempting to want to represent yourself if facing a minor crime. However, if you ever find yourself in any of the following situations, contacting a criminal defense lawyer should be your very first step.  

When You’ve Been Charged with Assault and Battery 

Assault and battery cases can differ significantly when it comes to defense and possible outcomes, based on the circumstances surrounding the crime. The case may be relatively straightforward or significantly complex. Cases with many moving parts can get quite complicated. 

Once you hire a criminal defense attorney, they’ll review your case and craft a suitable defense strategy. Among the top defense strategies attorneys use when fighting assault and battery charges are self-defense, defense of property, defense of others, and voluntary consent. 

When Facing Drug Charges 

There are many illicit drugs that have been outlawed in the US, both at the state and federal levels. These include cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. Being associated with these drugs at any level, from cultivation to distribution to possession, could land you in prison for many years. 

The penalties associated with drug convictions are some of the stiffest. That’s why you need to hire a lawyer immediately if you’re entangled in such a mess. 

The legal system allows your attorney to bargain a plea deal on your behalf if you’re a low-level offender. The prosecutors will, in return, ask for your help to catch the top players. 

You’ve Been Charged with Fraud or Financial Crime 

Fraud or financial crime involves obtaining property or money from another entity or person illicitly. It’s a form of theft that typically involves deceit or some abuse of trust, setting this type of crime from ordinary theft and robbery. Some examples of fraud and financial crimes include: 

  • Forgery 
  • Debit/ credit card fraud 
  • Insurance fraud 

You’re Facing Alcohol Crime Charges 

There are countless crimes committed in which alcohol plays a massive role, but not all these crimes may be termed as drug related. But there are four major offenses that are categorized as alcohol crimes, namely: 

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI) 
  • Minor in possession of alcohol 
  • Public intoxication 
  • Open container 

DUI charges are significantly more grievous than other alcohol crimes. The charge typically carries severe penalties, so you shouldn’t try to fight it without an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. The moment you’re arrested, call an attorney. 

Talking to an attorney quickly is especially critical if you’re arrested while in line of work. A conviction could make you lose your professional license and cost you your job. A competent attorney can help stop that from happening.  

You’ve Been Accused of Theft 

Theft involves taking property that belongs to someone else without their approval. In law, the term can encompass lots of categories that surpass this general definition.  

You’ve Been Involved in a Homicide 

When a person takes the life of someone else, it’s considered a homicide, no matter what circumstances surround the incident. However, not all incidents of homicide are considered a crime. For instance, in the event of self-defense or a state-sanctioned execution, taking the life of another isn’t regarded as a crime. 

Prosecutors must prove that there was negligence of willful intent on the part of the defendant for the homicide to meet the threshold of a crime. If these charges have been leveled on you, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer right away. 

Don’t Wait to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney 

Fighting a criminal charge can be an extremely emotional ordeal, whether you’re innocent or at fault. Having a criminal defense attorney fight for you can provide much-needed comfort and security. That’s because they have a thorough knowledge of the law and present the best chance of acquittal.  

Are you interested in the services of a criminal defense attorney in your area? Contact Cam Law today and learn how we can help.  

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