Do you know why is Superman better than Batman? Batman utilizes the Batmobile to defeat his enemies. Superman is more powerful than a locomotive. Batman hides out in Wayne towers. Superman can leap tall buildings in a single bound. The advantage goes to Superman. It is also notable to mention that Superman is an actual superhero with actual superpowers. Sure if you were in danger Batman would try to rescue you. But Superman would save you for sure. And that is why you need a super lawyer when charged with a crime. But let’s leave the fiction to the side for a while and talk with real-world language.
Criminal defense law: not so funny
First off, it is important to understand what criminal defense law really is. It consists of legal protections for people who have been accused of committing a crime. Frankly, without adequate protections for the accused person, the balance of power within the justice system would become twisted in favor of the government. And what do we want when we end up in criminal defense court? We want fair treatment. And you should know, that it often depends as much on the skill of your defense attorney as it does the substantive protections contained in the law.
Enough about law, let’s talk about Superman. No. I am just kidding. But we can talk about what defense attorneys know. They know how to use constitutional guarantees to the benefit of their clients. And that is something we ourselves don’t usually know. For example, did you know that all criminal prosecutions are based on evidence gathered by the government? And did you know that it can include physical items of evidence, witness statements, confessions, drug and alcohol tests and so on? Well, now you know.
And here is the good part: The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the police from using unreasonable searches and seizures to gather evidence. But if they do, your super lawyer will know, that he/she can ask the court to suppress that evidence. And no one can use it at trial against you. Would a not so super lawyer do that? Probably yes, but let’s go on to see what other awesome skills your lawyer should have.
The question “do I need a lawyer when charged with a crime” has passed through your mind for sure. You should also know, that most criminal defendants have a lawyer representing themselves. And it is true especially when there is a talk of jail or a prison sentence. In reality, it is almost impossible for a person to completely handle his/her own criminal case. And, taking into consideration the fact that there are no statistics on how many people choose to represent themselves in criminal defense court, estimates are below 1%. I mean, having statistics would be great: we all seek evidence. But this is also true.
How complex can it be?
It is different with civil court cases. In fact, more people choose to represent themselves. And it is fine. But criminal law is a complex body of state and federal legislation. Moreover, it is not enough how complex the law is, each state usually has its own sets of definitions and punishments for state crimes. And the average person will not have an understanding of criminal law or the criminal justice process. That is why your super lawyer will come rushing to save you with his right fist up in the air.
Let’s be honest. Even if you tried to read every possible book on criminal law and check out case studies similar to your case, you can’t find everything you need in a book. Usually what you can find in books are laws that define crimes, fix punishments for their violations and mandate courtroom procedures. Do you think Superman become Superman over a sleepless night of reading the book on how to be so super? No, it took him endless sleepless nights, a lifetime of practice and more practice.
The truth is, each criminal defense case is unique. Only a super specialist experienced in assessing the particulars of a case, meaning dealing with the many variables that come up in every case, can provide the type of representation that you are going to need to receive if justice is to be done. Super attorneys do way more than you think. It is not all fun and games and questioning witnesses in court.
Few of the things your super lawyer will do in criminal defense court
#1. They may negotiate “deals” with prosecutors. It means that they may often try to reduce charges and lesser sentences. But if you think that you are super yourself, prosecutors may be uncooperative with you.
#2. They may formulate sentencing programs designed to your specific needs. It is usually for helping you avoid future brushes with the criminal justice system.
#3. Superlawyers are not called so just for anything. They also are going to try to help you emotionally. They may help you cope with your feelings of fear, embarrassment, reduced self-esteem and anxiety.
#4. They may try to bring you down to the ground. Superlawyers provide defendants with a reality check: everyone needs a knowledgeable, objective perspective on their situation.
#5. You may not know because you are not a super lawyer, but there are criminal law rules hidden away in court interpretations of federal and state statutes and constitutions. And your attorney will know all of them.
#6. They may know all the hidden and unknown to unarmed eye tricks. Those can be local court customs and procedures that are not written down anywhere. Or those can be possible hidden costs of pleading guilty.
#7. Your super lawyer will also spend as much time on your case as needed, gather information from prosecution witnesses and hire and manage investigators. Would you be able to do that?
All in all, I think you know yourself that not being greedy and finding yourself a super lawyer is the best choice. I mean, think about it. Are you willing to exchange reduced sentencing with plea bargains or deals, emotional help, unknown for yourself accessibility for some money? I think you know the answer yourself.