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How To Hire A Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer
Experience counts! Period. It is you against the state of Texas and all its resources. Your life, your liberty, your job may all be on the line. Being convicted of a crime may cost you your job, custody of your children, your concealed handgun license among other things, and most importantly, your freedom. Being charged with a crime is nothing to be taken lightly. Having a battle-tested, experienced attorney on your side will be helpful in fighting the charges against you.
An experienced defense attorney knows the law, knows how to negotiate with the prosecutors, and if an agreed settlement plea cannot be reached, will not hesitate to go to trial for his or her client. Combing the file, reviewing the evidence, interviewing witnesses, researching the law and leaving no stone unturned are all key in building the defense for the client.
Some cases will need to be tried to a jury, while other cases will be settled with a plea negotiation. If you are innocent of the charges being brought against you, you will want an attorney who will enthusiastically defend you and will not be afraid of going to trial. Not all cases will need to be tried to a jury, however, and a well-prepared defense attorney who does not fear going to trial will more likely be able to settle your case out of a position of strength rather than a position of weakness.
Furthermore, always consult with an attorney first if you are ever suspected of having committed a crime. Do not speak to law enforcement. Some people think that law enforcement is their friends or that they can talk their way out of the situation. More often than not, law enforcement is not there to exonerate you, but rather to build the case against you. Many times what you say will be misconstrued, taken out of context, or used directly against you. You have a right to remain silent. Use it! Speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney first.