From the time of arrest through to the outcome of a case in court an uninformed defendant can do himself some real harm. That is why it is so important to contact a criminal defense attorney who can guide you through the prosecutorial system.
Even though you may understand that the arresting officer is reading you your rights according to Miranda it doesn’t mean that he will stop asking you questions. Any responses you make can absolutely be used against you.
If you don’t have legal counsel by the time of your arraignment you may make a mistake that you won’t be able to correct. At your arraignment the judge will ask you to enter a pleas of guilty or not guilty. If you think a guilty plea will put an end to things you will be sadly mistaken. Saying that you are guilty of a criminal charge will only take away your right to negotiate.
The defendant has the right to see the evidence that the prosecution has against him. This happens during what is known as a “discovery hearing,” and is best handled by an experienced defense attorney who can determine if the evidence is substantial enough to warrant a trial.
The prosecutor in your case may decide to offer you a plea bargain in which case you admit to committing the offense in exchange for a reduction in the charges against you. These compromises can be complex and it will be in a defendant’s best interests to have the legal representation of an attorney who is used to dealing with all the intricacies that can be involved.
Don’t be foolish enough to think that you can defend yourself in a court of law. There are legalities that go along with a trial that the typical layman will have no knowledge of. Cross examining witnesses, disputing evidence and composing statements are just a few of the responsibilities that fall to the defense. You will need a skilled trial lawyer to present your defense.
Parker Lawyers associates have specific experience in the workings of the Colorado judicial systems. Call 303-841-9525 for consultation.