When It’s Time To Consider Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney

The criminal justice system can be complicated and overwhelming to navigate alone. From the moment of the arrest onward, a defendant’s fate is oftentimes at the mercy of the police and prosecutors, and in many cases, a defendant may remain unaware of his or her legal rights. An experienced criminal defense attorney can explain how a defendant can receive fair treatment and have their legal rights protected. If you were charged with a crime in the state of Virginia, you should consider hiring a criminal defense attorney.

Call the Law Office of Faraji A. Rosenthall today at 703-934-0101 to set up a free consultation. Tell us more about your case and allow us to fight for your rights after you have been charged with a crime.

When to Consider Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

There are many instances in which you should consider hiring a criminal defense attorney. Consider the following circumstances and make sure you always ensure your legal rights remain protected.

Immediately After Your Arrest

When a suspect is arrested, they are constitutionally entitled to be read their Miranda rights before being questioned by law enforcement. These warnings should inform the suspect that they have the right to remain silent and the right to consult an attorney if they so choose. The reason the Miranda warnings are so important is that the moments after your arrest can be pivotal in your case. Any statements you make to the police can be used against you in court, and unless you specifically invoke your right to counsel, the police can continue to interrogate

you without an attorney present.

If you are subjected to questioning by the police after an arrest, you should consider having legal counsel present to ensure your legal rights will remain protected.

This is also a critical time to consider speaking with an attorney because many criminal cases are dismissed before formal charges are brought. A criminal defense attorney may be able to work with the prosecution to have the charges completely dropped or lowered to a less serious charge.

Before an Arraignment

Arraignment is a critical step in the criminal process. At an arraignment, the defendant is informed of the charges against them and has the opportunity to enter a plea. At this point, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help ensure a defendant understands everything he or she is being charged with, as well as the potential consequences of pleading guilty or not guilty. Depending on the criminal charge, the penalties may vary, therefore speaking with a criminal defense attorney can help a defendant make an informed decision about the plea. Visiting with a criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Faraji A. Rosenthall can help you better understand your legal options at an arraignment.

During Plea Negotiations

Many criminal cases do not go to trial. Prosecutors may offer defendants an agreement lessening their charges or their sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. Unfortunately, this is where many defendants do not ensure their full legal rights remain protected. Prosecutors are generally looking for a conviction, not the best interests of the defendant. A criminal defense lawyer, on the other hand, will be on your side, making sure you are not accepting an unfair or unjust deal. While you have the legal right to handle plea negotiations on your own, a criminal defense attorney has the experience and understanding to help you make decisions regarding all of your legal options.

At Trial

One of the most important times to consider having a criminal defense lawyer represent you is at trial. Because most cases do not go to trial, when a case does go to trial, it means that plea negotiations have failed. This means that the case is a legally complex case with serious criminal penalties. At trial, a criminal defense lawyer may examine and cross-examine witnesses, and present a compelling opening and closing statement on your behalf. Representing yourself in the courtroom can be detrimental to your case if you do not understand the rules of criminal procedure and evidence. Receiving representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney can help ensure that you receive legal counsel throughout your trial.

Why Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Hiring a criminal defense attorney may seem expensive, especially if you think your charges are minor. However, receiving a guilty verdict of criminal charges can be devastating to many aspects of your life. Below are a few of the many reasons you should consider hiring a criminal defense lawyer.

Raising Defenses

Though some criminal defenses have been popularized in the media such as the “insanity” defense or “self-defense,” there are decades of years of case law that have shaped defenses, which can be difficult to understand and interpret without experience in criminal law. At the Law Offices of Faraji A. Rosenthall, our criminal defense attorneys have years of experience raising every possible defense to a range of criminal charges.

Additionally, there may be legal issues not only with the strength of the prosecutor’s case, but there may also have been procedural or constitutional violations along the way that could exclude evidence and further weaken the prosecution’s case against you. A criminal defense attorney may be able to identify these applicable defenses and exclude unfairly-obtained evidence.

Understanding Procedure

One of the most difficult parts of the criminal justice system is understanding the required legal procedures, especially for first-time offenders. Even something as simple as knowing which courtroom to appear in can seem complicated and overwhelming. Criminal defense lawyers have typically dealt with many similar cases and can help defendants navigate the courtroom procedures, court-required documents, and terminology involved with waging a criminal defense. Our attorneys pride themselves on their ability to communicate with our clients and keep them informed at every step of their case.

Strong Reputation

At the Law Office of Faraji A. Rosenthall, our attorneys are well-respected in the state of Virginia. We have built relationships and a strong reputation among our fellow defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges. When you are facing criminal charges, consider being represented by an attorney who is well-known and well-respected in your region. Our law firm has experience on both sides of the criminal justice system and believes in leveling the playing field for criminal defendants.

Trust the Criminal Defense Lawyers at the Law Office of Faraji A. Rosenthall

If you are facing criminal charges in Northern Virginia, consider speaking with the experienced criminal lawyers at the Law Office of Faraji A. Rosenthall. We have years of experience in the field of criminal defense, having represented clients in countless types of cases, ranging from drug charges, to assault, to theft and fraud. We want to hear more about your case. Call us at 703-934-0101 to set up a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.