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What will a criminal defense attorney do for me?

Being charged with a criminal offense in Georgia is scary. You have no idea how the case is going to play out even if you've been charged in the past. Facing criminal charges does not have to be the end of your freedom as you know it. A criminal defense attorney will know how to handle your case and the steps to take to defend the charges against you. So, what will a criminal defense attorney do for you?

One of the most important things a defense attorney can do for you is negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor. This is truly something that should be left for attorneys and not a time for self-representation. The attorney will have experience with the prosecutor and will know what he or she will be able to negotiate when trying to get you a reduced sentence or lesser charge.

A defense attorney will be able to help you navigate through the legal system. They will know the required filing dates for different documents and for appeals. They will also have experience practicing law in various courts within their jurisdiction, which means they will know how each judge handles their courtroom.

When you work with a defense attorney you are also working with an investigator. The attorney will be able to look for evidence, speak to the police, speak to witnesses and put together a case that will help your defense of the charges.

If your case reaches the sentencing phase, a defense attorney will be able to help find a sentencing program that meets your situation. This can be a combination of a couple different things depending on the crime for which you were convicted.

Have you been charged with a crime in Canton? It's best to consult with a criminal defense attorney immediately following the issuance of charges to begin protecting your rights and defending against the charges.

Source: FindLaw, "What You Can Expect from the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer," accessed Dec. 07, 2017

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