Being accused of a crime you didn't commit is a nightmare that no one wants to ever face. When the charges are taking the life of another, however, if you live in a state that has capital punishment, the stakes can be a matter of life or death — your own.
According to the Innocence Project and a study sponsored by National Academy of Sciences, at least 4.1 percent of defendants sitting on death row are innocent.
While not every charge will necessarily result in the death penalty, even life imprisonment is no consolation when you are innocent. This means choosing the right criminal defense attorney could be the most important decision of your life. Here are three things to look for.
What Field Of Law Do They Specialize In?
If you have been charged with killing someone, you need an attorney who specifically handles these types of cases. Do not choose an attorney who primarily handles lesser crimes. All homicides are not equal, and you want someone who has successfully defended these charges previously.
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What Is Their Success Rate?
When you are looking for a criminal defense attorney, you will want to ask how many defendants they have successfully defended and how many have been convicted. A criminal defense attorney isn't a magician. They can't control the evidence or a jury's decision. But, you still want to choose an attorney who has a good record.
How Much Do They Charge?
A good criminal defense attorney is going to cost good money, and you will need to plan for paying for your defense. However, when your life depends on being found not guilty, no amount of money is too much.
For more information, contact a law office that offers criminal defense attorney services.Share
3 May 2019
My son and a group of his friends got in some trouble for trespassing and were arrested. Every one of the boys that were there were charged with trespassing, criminal mischief and vandalism. I contacted all of the other boys' parents and we got together to discuss the situation. After hearing the boys' stories about what happened that day, we knew that we had to hire an attorney to get the boys out of some of the trouble they were in. I have been working on my blog to help other parents that are struggling with the legal system prosecuting their kids for things that they may not have done.