The Value of Having a Criminal Defense Lawyer
A Brighton, Michigan women recently learned the value of having a criminal defense lawyer when she found herself charged with stealing jewelry and coins from a safe-deposit box. The case was recently dismissed by the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office and the officer in charge of the case pronounced that she was “100 percent innocent.”
The prosecutor and police officers initially refused to believe that the defendant, Ann Parker, was innocent and insisted that she was guilty. Ms. Parker did the right thing when she was charged and worked with a criminal defense lawyer who was ultimately able to show that she was innocent of the offense. Had it not been for competent defense counsel, she may have found herself were hundreds of other innocent people are currently sitting…the Michigan Department of Corrections or a variety of local jails throughout Michigan.
“If I hire an attorney, won’t I look bad?”
I am often asked, “If I hire an attorney, won’t I look bad?” Prosecutors are not in the business of charging people because they look bad or good. The overwhelming majority of people who are charged with crimes are not represented at the time the charges are approved and a warrant is issued. The fact is that a person who is being investigated for a crime has a far greater chance of not being charged if they hire a lawyer and are proactive with regarding to defending the allegations. Police officers and prosecutor’s are used to working with defense attorneys and generally are happy to have them on a case because they tend to streamline the process and help avoid wrongful charges that would otherwise end up in mess, expensive, time-consuming jury trials.
If you are charged with a criminal offense or if you are accused of committing a crime, do not hesitate to call a criminal defense attorney with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. at 248-263-6800 for a free consultation.
[bluebox color=”blue”]“It’s easy to convict the guilty. It takes a truly talented prosecutor to convict the innocent.”
– An unnamed Oakland County Prosecutor [/bluebox]