I am innocent. Why do I Need an Attorney?
The Innocent Project, a group of attorneys headquartered in New York City, is responsible for eighteen people having been proven innocent and exonerated by DNA testing in the United States after serving time on death row. These people were convicted in 11 states and served a combined 229 years in prison – including 202 years on death row – for crimes they did not commit.
On September 2, 2014, two North Carolina death row inmates, who are brothers, were freed after three decades in prison after another man’s DNA was discovered on a cigarette butt left near the body of the girl the brothers were convicted of killing.
The defendant’s attorneys never gave up on attempting to exonerate the brothers. When faced with the DNA evidence, the district attorney agreed that the state did not have a case against the defendants. The participation of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission (a state agency) gave much needed assistance to the defense in the convictions being overturned. The Commission was created by statute and is responsible for reviewing cases and determining of there is sufficient evidence to merit judicial review.
Have you been wrongfully accused of committing a crime?
A common question the attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. get asked is, “why should I have to pay for an attorney when I did nothing wrong?” That way of thinking is “pennywise and pound foolish”. If those people who were wrongfully sent to death row did not get the help of expert criminal defense lawyers, where would they be? They would still be on death row. Don’t forget, these are people who were convicted “beyond a reasonable doubt” even though they were 100% innocent. Why? Among a multitude of reasons, there may be been police or prosecutor misconduct, ineffective assistance of counsel, bad scientific evidence, a twisted judge or some other reason. A great attorney, who will undoubtedly require payment of a fair fee, gives anyone (even the innocent) the best chance of obtaining the best possible result.
The United States Criminal Justice System
The criminal justice system in the United States is the greatest on earth; but it is not without flaws. It is unfortunate, but true, that innocent people can be convicted in this country. Even people who may be responsible for some offense may be unfairly charged or convicted of a wrongful, higher charge. This is why you must have expert legal help to keep that from happening to you. It is foolish to try and defend yourself with an inadequate or bargain defense attorney when you are up against the unlimited resources of the police and prosecutors. You need help and you need the experienced attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. that are recognized experts in the area of defending people charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses in state and federal court.
Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys Who Are Recognized as Experts in Defending People Accused of Committing a Crime
If you, or someone you know, is charged with having committed a crime and you are innocent. Do not try and handle the situation with a bargain lawyer or a general practice attorney who is more concerned with the quantity of their practice and not the quality of their results. You must have the best possible legal representation to help you navigate the system and protect your interests. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience practicing exclusively criminal law. We are in state and federal courtrooms around the State of Michigan on a daily basis. Our attorneys are respected for their professionalism and expertise by other attorneys, the courts and our clients. Please contact the attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. with any questions you may have at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and one of our attorneys will contact you.
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