If you have been arrested, cited to appear or charged with a crime, it is important to consult with a criminal defense lawyer even if you plan to plead guilty. Contrary to what you might think, you may very well have a defense against the charges you face even if it seems like you have few options. For example, the police may have stopped and searched your vehicle without probable cause or another violation of procedures that might result in the dismissal of the charges. Even if you believe you have no credible defense, an experienced criminal defense attorney can work to have your charges reduced, which will often result in a more lenient sentence.
In cases where there are mitigating circumstances, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can work on your behalf to present mitigating evidence to obtain the most favorable results during plea negotiations. Mitigating evidence does not excuse or justify an offense, but sometimes it may be considered in determining the culpability of the defendant or the extent of damages awarded to the plaintiff in a case. Some examples of mitigating factors may include the age of the defendant, his or her mental capacity, whether the offense was accidental or if the crime was an act of self-defense. It is a good idea to consult with an attorney to discuss your unique circumstances.
Unfortunately, many who enter the criminal justice system do not realize how serious the consequences can be. A prosecutor may appear to have a friendly demeanor and give you a false sense of ‘going easy’ on you or a loved one, but in reality, they are not looking out for your interests at all. Their job is to obtain a conviction, pure and simple, and they will not lose any sleep if you or a family member is put in jail. The only defense you have is to fight fire with fire by hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer to defend you against the charges you face.
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If you or a family member has been charged with a crime, contact the Waukesha, Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers of Andrew C. Ladd, LLC. Attorney Ladd has successfully practiced criminal defense law in southeastern Wisconsin for 30 years. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney that knows the judges and the county prosecutors that you will come up against and an attorney that will strategically and aggressively defend you from the charges you face. Contact our Waukesha criminal defense law offices today at 262-542-3900 for a confidential free consultation.