We all make mistakes. Unfortunately, some mistakes can lead to criminal charges and ultimately a conviction.
If you believe you are guilty of a crime, you may be wondering what is the point of hiring a criminal defense lawyer? Why not just enter a guilty plea, accept the punishment, and try to move on with your life?
Unfortunately, it is not that simple. First, admitting guilt could result in being subject to the maximum penalties, which may include incarceration. You may also end up with a conviction on your criminal record, which can appear in most background checks and make it difficult to gain employment, obtain housing, and live a normal life.
On the other hand, if you hire Lewis & Ashworth to investigate your arrest, gather and examine evidence, and determine if the police violated your constitutional rights, we will fight for you to reduce the punishment or defend you in trial. For example, if law enforcement officials failed to establish reasonable suspicion before detaining you or probable cause before arresting you, any evidence obtained during the criminal investigation is deemed inadmissible in court, which can lead to your entire case being dismissed. Do not run the risk of allowing the State to convict you without your rights being protected by experienced attorneys.
There could also be weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you. Remember, the prosecutor must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that you are guilty of the alleged crime. If the evidence is not credible or was improperly handled, then a lawyer can negotiate a favorable plea deal or have your case dismissed altogether.
In conclusion, an attorney can help you reduce the potential penalties you face or get your case dismissed – even if you believe you are guilty of the alleged offense. From start to finish, your lawyer can help you understand the charges against you, guide you through the complexities of the criminal justice system, and protect your rights and freedom to get the best possible result in court.
If you or a loved one has recently been charged with a crime in McKinney, Collin County, or within the Dallas-Fort Worth area, contact Lewis & Ashworth, PLLC today to discuss your case. Get a team of former prosecutors on your side.