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Why retaining an experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer is essential

Posted by brian on July 20, 2018
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Whether you are facing what seems like relatively minor charges such as drug possession or more serious ones relating to violent crimes such as assault, getting an effective lawyer to represent you can be critical.

If you are unable to afford an attorney, the state will assign one to you. However, several studies have found better outcomes and fewer convictions for people who are able to hire a defense attorney versus using one assigned by the court.

You might think that because the charge does not seem very serious, you do not need to worry about your choice of attorney, but this is not the case. For example, drug-related convictions can carry severe penalties, and they can also have a serious impact on certain careers and the ability to get financial aid for education. An experienced attorney like Justin M. Jackson can explain to you the implications of the conviction and discuss defense strategies.

In some cases, an attorney assigned by the state may simply be overworked. An attorney with a caseload that is too heavy might encourage you to agree to a plea bargain in which you do not have a trial but plead guilty, usually to lesser charges and in exchange for a lighter sentence. However, “lighter” can still be fairly severe. At least one study has found that people who have private attorneys are less likely to go with a plea deal. Furthermore, more than 90 percent of the people in that study who had charges dropped had a private attorney. If the evidence in your case is based on an illegal search and seizure or your rights were violated in some other way, Justin M. Jackson might pursue a dismissal of the case.

If you are looking for a Cedar Park criminal defense lawyer in Texas, do not hesitate to contact the Jackson Law Firm. They will sit down with you to discuss your situation and the possibility of getting legal representation.

If you are interested in learning more about our Cedar Park Criminal Defense Lawyer, please visit our site.

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