Contact Criminal Defense Attorney Immediately After Your Arrest
If you have been arrested and charged with any criminal offense, from a traffic violation to federal drug charges, an early intervention is the best defense strategy in any criminal case.
In criminal law, state or federal governments bring legal action against someone for violating legal rules or laws.
The U.S Constitution guarantees that “no person be deprived of life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness without due process of law.” In addition, the constitution mandates that the accused only be found guilty if the prosecution proves the case beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt to every element of the crime.
Part of due process of law, involves the right to criminal defense. Under the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in the famous “Miranda” case, defendants within the U.S. are entitled to a criminal defense lawyer to help them defend their case and by requesting a lawyer STOPS all law enforcement questioning.
Criminal defense law involves defending those accused of a crime in a court of law or to a lesser degree in a court of administrative review, like DMV proceedings. Criminal defense lawyers are hired to help clients to negotiate plea agreements or make deals to negate the severity of the criminal sanctions imposed upon the accused. They may also argue your case in trial in a court of law to assert that the indictment or filed information against the accused is not sufficient to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt.
Preparing Your Criminal Defense
Each person accused of a crime appears in court. In court, a person accused of a crime is called a defendant. As a defendant, it is your job to defend your case. The defendant starts with finding an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will work hard to prevent a guilty verdict.
Criminal defense lawyers prepare arguments, theory of defenses, that challenges the validity and sufficiency of the prosecution’s evidence and case in chief.
There are two main categories of defenses.
I. In the 1st line of defense, the job of the criminal defense attorney is to refute the evidence put forth by the prosecution as against the accused.
II. In the 2nd line of defense, the defense attorney may assert an affirmative defense. With Affirmative defenses, the task of the criminal defense lawyer is to produce evidence in support of the accused defense.
The examples of Affirmative Defense are:
- Alibi: An alibi is when a defendant attempts to prove that he or she was not at the scene of the crime when the crime took place. Often the alibi defense relies on testimony from another individual or video evidence that documents the defendants whereabouts.
- Self-defense: In situations where someone is accused of committing battery or murder, the affirmative defense of self-defense may be invoked. Self-defense means that in the course of protecting yourself or another person from an attacker, you caused injury to the attacker.
- Insanity: Pleading insanity means that you were incapable of distinguishing right from wrong during the crime due to mental illness.
Being charged with a crime should never be taken lightly. If you make any decision, it should be to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. The penalty of jail or prison you face, the period of probation or the fines and court costs can all be reduced with involvement of a competent criminal defense attorney. The defense strategy your attorney chooses will depend on the type of crime you have allegedly committed.
Consult with your attorney immediately after your arrest to avoid making costly mistakes.
Hire Stine or Do The Time
Andrew Stine is a skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer in West Palm Beach with over a decade of experience helping men and women in tough situations. When you retain Andrew D. Stine, P.A., you not only retain a nationally-recognized criminal defense lawyer, you retail a passionate criminal defense team who has years of experience working together in practically every kind of criminal case. This includes cases of DUI, drug crimes, fraud, traffic offenses, violent crimes, and others throughout Palm Beach County, FL.
All cases are prepared for trial or a more favorable outcome, with the client’s needs and wishes in mind. As a former army medic and then assistant public defender, Andrew Stine constructs all of his comprehensive, customized defense strategies with a militant attention to detail and a passion for the craft.
To find out more information about what Andrew D. Stine, P.A. can do for your Palm Beach County criminal defense case, call 561-832-1170 today and schedule a free initial case consultation.