Even the Innocent are at Risk of Conviction
The American justice system is one of the best in the world; however, it is not perfect. Innocent men and women are charged in court and sometimes convicted, even if they are innocent.
In 1984, when only 15 years old, mentally challenged, Anthony Caravella was taken into custody for allegedly stealing a bike. While he was in police custody, two police officers coerced Anthony into confessing to the rape and murder of a 58-year-old woman. Anthony was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
In 2001, Caravella’s brother contacted a local newspaper and requested it to investigate Anthony’s predicament. The newspaper found some problems with the case and urged local authorities to re-examine the evidence. Eventually, Anthony’s conviction was overturned by DNA evidence – after 26 years in prison!!
A lawsuit was filed against the police officers that coerced Anthony into confessing, and a civil jury awarded Anthony $7 million.
The DNA that cleared Anthony was linked to another man, Anthony Martinez, to the rape and murder. Martinez was only 17 at the time. He died just two months after being named a “person of interest.”
People are Wrongfully Convicted All the time.
The criminal justice system is far from perfect. People get wrongfully convicted all the time or convicted of charges based upon false evidence or allegations. That is why a person facing criminal charges must have the best trial lawyer available. When your freedom is at stake, that is not the time to scrimp on an attorney. If you are facing life or death surgery, you would want the best surgeon available. It is the same idea. Attorney fees should be reasonable and affordable, but a good lawyer is going to command a fee that is commensurate with his experience, reputation, and success in court.
Don’t Trust Your Future to the Lowest Bidder
There are thousands of attorneys in Michigan. Many lawyers are general practitioners – this means that they practice in many different areas of the law (and specialize in none of them). Many brand new lawyers are trying to establish themselves in the business of practicing law. And countless criminal defense attorneys are known to plead all of their clients without a fight, so they are not taken seriously by prosecutors and judges. The point is that the choices for a trial attorney are varied in both experience and cost. There is a reason for the cliche “you get what you pay for.” An experienced trial lawyer will protect you, and sometimes the better question is, “how much will it cost NOT to hire a really good criminal defense attorney.”
Michigan trial attorneys with a reputation for success
When a person is facing criminal charges or being investigated for a possible crime, his/her interests must be protected right from the very beginning. The trial attorneys of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. often can stop charges from being brought in the first place. We are not afraid to win and have a reputation of respect and results. Our trial lawyers have handled criminal law matters throughout Michigan. Protecting people charged with crimes, or being investigated for crimes, is all we do. Our attorneys are well respected, experienced specialists in defending people against the awesome power of the government.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation, or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.