Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Oct 15, 2009 in Criminal Law
Arizona Criminal defense attorneys are numerous, but finding a Phoenix criminal defense attorney who can help you involves a few simple steps. Of paramount importance, however, is making sure that these steps are taken quickly, as the longer you wait to secure the legal help you need if you face a possible criminal prosecution, the worse your situation could get. The gears of government may be notorious for starting slowly, but once they start moving they will not stop. Therefore, you need to understand a few things about the nature of criminal defense work before you get started on properly defending your rights and building your defense.
While experience in terms of defending those accused of crimes is critical for anyone facing this situation, it's also important to work with someone who has spent time working in your local jurisdiction. The reason is that over time, a criminal defense lawyer builds a reputation, and this reputation precedes him or her when the prosecutors are alerted as to who the attorney is on any given case. If a Phoenix criminal defense attorney has a reputation as a sound advocate who will not hesitate to fight a matter all the way through trial if necessary, it could provide you with a benefit in terms of how any potential discussions regarding a plea bargain are approached.
In addition to reputation with prosecutors, a criminal defense attorney who understands the local court system and who works within it can be an invaluable advantage. Prosecutors and judges are people just like anyone else, and this means that there are certain preferences, particularities and leanings that need to be understood as a criminal defense attorney begins to work on a case. This personal knowledge can help you move more quickly towards a resolution of your matter than if an attorney is a complete stranger to everyone with whom he or she deals.
There are several components to any defense in a criminal law case. Obviously, the attorney needs to fully understand the laws involved as well as the individuals, but he or she also needs to understand the evidence available, what could be admissible in court and what could be challenged and how certain strategic considerations could affect the overall result of the case. Additionally, every communication and procedural/technical step taken in a criminal case could carry strategic questions with it, and a sound attorney will understand this and put every ounce of effort into those considerations at every opportunity in order to constantly work towards bolstering your case.
Overall, finding a Phoenix criminal defense attorney who can help you involves asking questions of those with whom you speak in this regard, and many of these questions should involve the practical matters discussed above. If you face this sort of situation, contact the attorneys at Montano Arentz & Associates, PLLCtoday to schedule an initial consultation.
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