When you hire an attorney to represent you for a misdemeanor charge, there are several things the attorney will do to help you.
First, they will review the case to see if there is a factual basis for the charge to be brought in the first place. It is possible that you committed no crime at all. If necessary they will file motions on your behalf.
Second, an attorney can request discovery to ensure that you can view any and all evidence that can be used against you. The attorney is also trained to determine what types of evidence can and can’t be used.
If you decide to enter into a plea, the attorney can negotiate with the State to obtain the best possible sentence for you. The attorney can also advise you of any and all unforeseen consequences, such as license suspensions or extra costs.
Lastly, if you decide to take the case all the way, the attorney can help you fight your case in a trial. Lawyers are trained in the rules of evidence and presentation and they can make sure that your trial is fair and that your rights are protected.
This is only an overview of what an attorney can do for you if you are charged with a misdemeanor. Attorneys can also be a great source of information. So it is important that you speak with one as soon as possible after you are arrested or cited for the charge.
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