Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer
During your arrest, you are made aware of your right to an attorney, but are you aware of the importance of selecting the one best suited for your case? People often fail to give much thought as to who represents them and end up making a regrettable decision. Although you may feel rushed and in desperate need of legal representation, take the time to ensure that the attorney you select has the experience and knowledge to defend against all criminal charges relevant to your case.
William Umansky of The Umansky Law Firm has a team of experienced Orlando criminal defense lawyers with a diverse range of legal abilities. Through a thorough analysis of your case details, he can pair you with the attorney best suited to mitigate your criminal case. Reach out to us today to be made aware of your criminal defense options in Orlando.
Criminal Defense Options
Deciding how to approach legal defense should be your primary concern. The criminal trials process is one that requires you to make many impactful decisions including how to plea to particular charges, whether to appeal a decision and many more. Whoever serves as your legal representation can advise you on such matters. Your criminal defense options are as follows:
Pro Se Legal Representation
Pro se is Latin for advocating “on one’s own behalf.” In the legal system, the term is used for individuals who choose to represent themselves in the court of law. This is a legitimate defense option but can be inherently counterproductive. Your legal defense counsel is supposed to act without bias and should also possess in-depth knowledge of procedural rules. Those who represent themselves often lack legal knowledge, awareness of court proceedings, and the ability to be unbiased.
Court-Appointed Defense Attorney
The court will appoint you with legal representation if you do not have the means to acquire an attorney independently. These individuals are commonly referred to as public defenders. While they do possess the legal competencies that the average defendant lacks, they are often managing multiple cases at a time. This can result in minimal face time, schedule conflicts, and less individual attention.
Private Legal Defense
Lawyers and attorneys who work for a law firm or have standalone practices provide private legal defense. These individuals are not attainable through the courts and offer paid services. The accused benefit from acquiring private legal counsel as they often choose to handle fewer cases at a time, allowing them to provide individual attention to your case specifically. This is usually the preferred option of legal defense for individuals who desire legal representation but want to have the freedom to select who represents them
Repercussions of a Criminal Record
The previous defense options may be insufficient if your crime is severe and the evidence demonstrates your guilt. Individuals who decide to plead out, make a bargain or attempt to defend themselves, often find the consequences are much harsher without an attorney present to negotiate the penalties. While one runs the risk of jail time, fines, restitution payments, and probation, there are a number of related penalties that may occur without court involvement, such as:
- Loss of job or difficulty finding employment
- Academic fallout including being suspended, expelled or losing scholarships
- Professional license revocation
- Driver’s license suspension or revocation
- Damage to your reputation, relationships, and public image
- Loss of civil rights
To improve your chances of not having to be subjected to any of the previously mentioned penalties, acquire the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Benefits of an Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyer
Having a criminal defense lawyer is most beneficial as they can take necessary action to protect your rights and help mitigate your case. Some of the most notable legal action includes:
- Review arrest and investigation details
- Retain expert witnesses
- Identify unreliability in eyewitness testimonies
- Prepare you for court proceedings
- Argue for the dismissal of evidence
- Present objections when necessary
- Communicate directly with you regarding strategy and defenses.
The Orlando criminal defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm have more than 100 years of combined experience representing individuals of the Greater Central Florida area and can provide you with client-focused legal services. Our legal team has many former state prosecutors working diligently to protect individuals against basic constitutional violations and excessive sentencing practices.
As members of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, we are ready to go to trial on your behalf. Our firm strongly believes in second chances and giving individuals the ability to change their path to improve their lives. Reach out to us now so we can start crafting your defense today. Contact us for a free case evaluation.