If I Plan on Pleading Guilty, Do I still Need a Lawyer?

Clients ask on a regular basis if it’s necessary to hire an attorney even if they are planning to plead guilty to their crime in a court of law. Many individuals figure that hiring a reputable attorney is not worth the expense unless they are developing a defense strategy and are planning to plead “not guilty.” This reasoning is seriously flawed. Regardless of your plea, we recommend hiring an aggressive, reputable legal team for a number of reasons.

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A Conviction and Jail May be Avoidable

Navigating the legal system when you stand charged with a crime is intimidating and confusing. Having worked with thousands of clients who have been in your same situation, an experienced attorney will help you understand the implications of your charge, understand the strengths and weakness of your case, help you understand whether or not a guilty plea is in your best interest, and explore what plea and sentence agreements may be available to you. Well-versed in negotiation, an attorney can fight for a less severe punishment on your behalf.

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Without a seasoned attorney, you will most likely be over-run by a prosecutor in the position to push for the harshest sentencing or a conviction that may be avoidable. In the case of a DUI or retail fraud charge for example, hiring an attorney could make the difference between spending time in jail and being required to do some community service. Hiring an attorney is well worth it since they know about the range of punishments and penalties for your specific crimes. Most importantly, even in the case where a client is “guilty,” a great lawyer may be able to negotiate a plea that doesn’t result in a permanent conviction.

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An Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help You

Attorneys provide emotional support through what is a frightening and stressful time for most individuals who stand accused of a crime. In many cases a conviction and jail time can be avoided with the help of a seasoned, successful defense attorney. Whether this is your first offense or third offense, we do not recommend going through the legal process with an attorney that is not a retained lawyer who practices exclusively criminal defense. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. provide top quality, judgment free and effective representation for clients in Michigan’s state and federal courts. Call us today at (248) 263-6900 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will promptly contact you.

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