Posted on October 12, 2012 in Criminal Law
Anytime you are required to go to court on a criminal matter it is always wise to have an attorney. I suggest that you take it one step further and anytime law enforcement wants to question you, you should have an attorney present. These are your constitutional rights and it is wise that you keep them.
There are many good reasons why you should seek to have an attorney with you when you go to court. First, is that there are legal requirements that the state must do and prove before you can be convicted of a crime. A good lawyer can look at your case and see if the state lived up to its requirements.
Second, if the state is able to prove its case, they still generally offer a plea arrangement to resolve the case instead of going before a judge or jury. Each jurisdiction looks at situations different as it relates to crimes and makes determinations on the aggressiveness of the prosecution that they will take. A good lawyer will have worked with the prosecutor’s office and be able to negotiate the best deal for you.
Third, a good lawyer will be able to look at your unique situation and be able to present you and your situation to the state and the court. You will want a detached, compassionate to you, yet dispassionate to the situation presenting your side of the case. This is particularly the case with you since you are on medically prescribed medication.