What are the Most Critical Things You Should Think about When Hiring Felony Lawyers?
Just imagine being charged with a felony and looking at several years in prison for the crime. Regardless of your guilt or innocence, you have rights, and the prosecution must prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt to incarcerate you.
The challenges are working with a court-appointed attorney or seek out felony lawyers that specialize in these cases.
Statistics show that you have a higher probability of conviction in these cases and harsher sentences using the public defender. Public defenders are overwhelmed and may not have the resources to understand the situation and investigate your case.
The best example of this is OJ Simpson and his acquittal for the murder of his wife and Ron Goldman. Simpson used his money to hire the “Dream Team” of legal defense and poke holes in the prosecution’s case.
Not every criminal defense lawyer is the same, and you want to consider specific areas to determine if they can help you. We look at the most critical things you need to think about when hiring an attorney.
Knowledge of the Law
The first thing you should consider is the attorney’s knowledge of the law, case precedent, and how they can help you. When you are charged with a felony, the lawyer must know how to handle your case, question the police, be familiar with trials, and filing motions.
Doing excellent analysis and having an understanding of the law is critical in deciding if the judge will throw out the case and rule the evidence as inadmissible in court.
For example, suppose you are charged with drug trafficking based on a confidential informant and the police raiding your home. The cops found a small bag of marijuana under 12 ounces and are claiming that you are the “drug kingpin of South Florida.”
However, if you have no priors and state that you were using the marijuana for personal consumption. The police did not present you with a search warrant, detained you in your home, and threatened you. Under the law, all evidence that is collected during the search is inadmissible in court because you were never given a copy of this document or heard the police say, “search warrant.”
Great felony lawyers know the law, the application in criminal cases, and how to bring the spotlight on the police. They will look at all of the procedures during the investigation to determine if the cops broke the rules.
The Law Office of Patrick R. McKamey can help, as he is a former prosecutor. He knows the law and can help you mount the most robust legal defense when charged with a felony. Don’t take a chance with an unknown, and go with a proven fighter that will represent your interests.
When you are charged with a felony, you want an attorney with lots of resources to investigate your case. An excellent criminal defense involves looking at the process for deciding if you committed a crime, the investigation, and the attitude of the cops/prosecutors.
All of this takes time, resources, and connections to go through and examine the chain of evidence against you. An outstanding investigator will follow up on all leads, interviews, and the facts to see what happened.
Even if you committed the crime, there could be issues with how the evidence was collected, or the investigation is handled. Any break in the chain increases the possibility of what the police found cannot be used against you.
Your case is strengthened by using an attorney with the resources to investigate the prosecution’s case. When your freedom is on the line, you want competent professionals that will leave no stone unturned.
At the Law Office of Patrick R. McKamey, we use all of our resources to investigate your case thoroughly. We know how things can become out of control by over-aggressive cops and prosecutors. That is why we look at everything to ensure you are given a fair trial, and your rights are respected.
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We are the best felony lawyers in South Florida and will fight for you to ensure you don’t go to prison. Call Patrick R. McKamey today at 561-220-6708 and let us evaluate your case for free. We have many successful cases where our knowledge and investigations led to the charges being dropped for our clients.
Our office is located in West Palm Beach off of 5th Street, near Flagler Park and the Palm Harbor Marina.