Being charged with a crime can sometimes cause the future to be on hold. Facing prison time can be a harrowing prospect. It is the job of criminal defense attorneys to provide their clients with the legal benefits guaranteed by the justice system and to seek reductions in a potential prison sentence.
There are several ways to help a criminal defense case and seek a reduction in sentence. Some common techniques include:
Suppressing unlawfully obtained evidence
There are several guidelines as to how evidence can be collected during the course of an investigation. If those guidelines are not followed properly, evidence collected improperly is subject to suppression. For example, if incriminating evidence is discovered in a search that does not have a proper warrant, prosecutors would not be able to use that evidence against you. Suppressed evidence is inadmissible in court, helping a defendant’s case.
Crafting a truthful timeline of events
When defendants take the stand they often face cross-examination from prosecutors asking leading questions designed to discredit their story. Defendants and criminal defense attorneys can work together to reconstruct a truthful timeline of events to provide a defense that makes sense to a judge and jury. Cross-examination can be stressful, but when understanding what happened in a broader sense, a defendant can answer a prosecutor’s question truthfully without becoming flustered or confused.
Calling an expert witness to testify
Prosecutors tend to interpret circumstantial evidence in a way that ties everything to the defendant. Many times, that evidence could also point towards something else completely. An expert witness can provide alternate explanations for the same evidence in search of reasonable doubt. For example, when a prosecutor asserts that a piece of evidence means X, an expert witness can show how the evidence could mean X, Y, or Z.
Retaining a criminal defense attorney
When facing potential time in jail, having an advocate on your side can help. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth mounts a vigorous and aggressive defense for its clients, using proven criminal defense strategies. For a free consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888.