There are many misconceptions about what a criminal charge truly is. First and foremost, it is important to understand that a “charge” is simply an allegation. If you have been charged with a crime, you have simply been accused — not proven guilty. With the help of a seasoned attorney, you can often prove these allegations are untrue. Furthermore, effective legal representation can help protect your constitutional rights and your human dignity. I’ve defended numerous criminal clients, and there are a few things my experience has taught me.
One, you were probably in the wrong place at the wrong time. You may never have had any ill intent, but perhaps you got caught up with a dangerous group of friends or went to a bar on an unlucky night. Maybe you unknowingly got into an abusive relationship and had to defend yourself. The reality is, the possibilities are endless. In all of the examples mentioned above, anyone in your shoes would’ve likely gotten into the same situation you are in now. You may feel misunderstood, but I’ve heard these stories before. I know how evidence can be twisted, and I will listen and take your side.
Two, regardless of what has happened, you still have certain inalienable rights. You are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and you shouldn’t let those rights go without a fight. You deserve justice, and that includes a chance to tell your side of the story. Furthermore, you should receive respectful treatment throughout the judicial process. Even if you did make some poor decisions, you are still a human being, and I will work to ensure that no one in legal system treats you unfairly.