MIAMI, FL, November 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/
-- In most cases, it is wise to hire a lawyer to defend you against criminal charges. Generally, the nature of your crime and the severity of the possible punishments should inform whether you need a lawyer.
What's at Stake?
There are many different types of criminal charges. As such, there are many different possible outcomes to criminal cases. Before deciding to represent yourself, you should consider what is at stake in your case. Depending on your charges, where you live and other details, you may face:
- Suspension or revocation of driver's license
- Heavy fines
- Revocation of professional license
- Jail or prison time
- Misdemeanor conviction
If the above outcomes are possible in your case, you should consider hiring a criminal defense lawyer. These are serious outcomes that can impact you now and in the future. In high-stakes cases, a defense lawyer may be better able to reduce the punishment you face or get the charges dropped altogether.
There are situations in which a lawyer may be unnecessary. For example, if you received a ticket for speeding and are facing a relatively small fine, it may make sense to resolve the matter yourself.
Criminal Defense Consultations
If you must consider what's at stake before deciding to represent yourself, you need to first find out what kinds of punishments are typically involved in the sentencing for your crime. Probably the easiest way to determine the possible consequences for your crime is to schedule a consultation with a lawyer.
Some lawyers may charge you for an hour-long consultation. Many lawyers offer a free initial consultation, in which you can discuss the basic details of your case. In this type of evaluation, you can learn more about the possible punishments if you are convicted of your crime. This type of free consultation usually involves no obligation.
If you do not want to hire a lawyer because of the expense, you may also want to consider looking for a lawyer who charges on a contingency basis. This type of payment means you do not pay any lawyer's fees unless and until compensation is recovered. Then, the lawyer takes some portion of that compensation. Be sure to ask the lawyer what percentage of your compensation will be taken.
To learn more about criminal defense, please visit the website of the Cochran Firm South Florida
, a law firm with experienced criminal defense lawyers serving Miami and the surrounding areas.
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