If you’re arrested and charged for a criminal act, you may be worried about how it will affect you in the future. Even an arrest has the possibility of impacting you, even though you have yet to be convicted. Your reputation could be damaged, or you may miss work or be put on probation. You might not be able to participate in social activities or could face backlash from your community. Fortunately, your attorney can help you fight back against unfair charges and arrests, so you can keep your reputation as clean as possible.
What does the prosecution have to prove to have me convicted of a crime?
Whenever you face a criminal charge, the prosecution’s job is to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed that crime. The prosecution wants to obtain a conviction and does what it can to paint you in a negative light. As the defendant, you don’t have to do anything that could make you incriminate yourself. You may choose not to speak in court, especially if you feel that speaking could result in you incriminating yourself.
What is my defense attorney’s primary concern in court?
Most defendants and their attorneys work on creating doubt in court. That means that raising a concern about the timeline of events not matching up or showing that you have an alibi could result in the prosecution losing the case. Your goal is to make the jury or judge uncertain. If the jury or judge isn’t positive that you committed a crime, you shouldn’t be convicted.
Your attorney can help you create a defense that works for your case. Whether your best bet is to create doubt or to prove your innocence through other means, you do have options. Our website has more information.