About Criminal law and Why You Need a Lawyer
Even a fish wouldn’t get caught if he kept his mouth shut. Criminal law addresses the government’s prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing crimes. Such crimes may be federal, state or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.
Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania is essential to protecting your legal rights. Even a letter to the police notifying them that you are represented can preserve important rights.
Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal law, such as white collar crime, drug offenses, theft offenses, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.
When hiring a criminal lawyer, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. I offer a free consultation to discuss your case.