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The specific ways an attorney may help a defendant

On Behalf of | Jul 25, 2020 | Firm News |

Kentucky residents who are charged with a crime have the ability to defend themselves in court. However, there may be actions an attorney can take during the legal process that a defendant may not be able to do properly on his or how own. For instance, a legal representative might be able to strategically expedite or delay a trial. Altering a trial’s timeline can allow a person more time to gather evidence or allow a person to obtain closure as quickly as possible.

A legal representative may understand how the discovery process works and use it to a defendant’s advantage. During the discovery process, it may be possible to gain access to evidence that refutes a prosecutor’s case or, otherwise, helps an individual obtain a favorable outcome. Legal counsel will likely understand how the local court system works, which may make it easier to develop a strategy that results in an acquittal or adequate plea deal.

In some cases, an attorney may be able to take advantage of a prosecutor’s inexperience to negotiate the best possible plea bargain. He or she may be able to advise a defendant as to whether or not its worth accepting a deal or going to trial. In the event that a person is convicted, a legal advisor may assist in the process of getting that conviction expunged.

Those who are charged with a crime may benefit from seeking the assistance of a criminal defense attorney. This person might be able to help a defendant avoid jail time, a fine or other penalties that might be handed down in his or her case. An attorney may cast doubt upon witness testimony, move to have evidence suppressed or take other steps to help a person obtain an acquittal or favorable plea deal.