The purpose of a criminal defense attorney is to advocate for you as required by the sixth amendment of the U.S. Constitution. A criminal defense attorney will represent your interest against the state prosecutor by bringing evidence, calling witnesses, and making arguments that demonstrate your innocence of a crime.
Criminal defense attorneys will seek evidence through the discovery process, file motions to suppress prejudicial evidence, and call witnesses to dispute and rebut the prosecution’s arguments. Additionally, a criminal defense attorney can appeal a verdict that you believe was incorrectly delivered.
If you hire a criminal defense attorney, you will be responsible for paying them for their services. While you have a constitutional right to an attorney, only a public defender will be provided to you free of charge. Some lawyers may have payment plans or a pro bono program, but in general, you should expect to pay for a private defense attorney.
Criminal defense attorneys can be costly. However, in most cases they are also worth the cost. Unfortunately, the public defenders that toil endlessly to represent the people of this nation do not have all the time in the world. Choosing a public defender may mean only having a few hours or even minutes to discuss the details of your case before trial. Since they are so overworked, public defenders may provide the best defense they can give, but it will not necessarily be the best possible defense.
By contrast, a private criminal defense attorney has one priority: your case. A criminal defense attorney will make time for your questions, work on your case and only your case, and will spend their time building the best possible defense for your case. When your reputation and freedom are on the line, you need a criminal defense attorney with the time and experience to get it right.