Los Angeles’s Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and police chief Bill Bratton are making every effort to cut down the Los Angeles crime rate. There has been a significant reductions in the crime rate. At a time when there have been budget cuts for almost all the city departments, the LA Police department has added a lot of new officers. This is already the costliest department.
When you’ve been accused of a crime you might feel a little hopeless. It’s simple to think that you can defend yourself against your accusers but it really isn’t that simple. It might seem like all you have to do is tell your side of the story. Unfortunately, while you may technically be innocent until proven guilty, you have to have more than just your word to disprove the accusations against you. What you need is help. What you need is a criminal attorney.
How many trials have you won? Consider the number of jury trials that the lawyer has won. If you have a serious criminal case, go for a lawyer who has done one or more jury trials. Are you credible and reliable? The DUI defense Orland Park should demonstrate to you that he/she is credible and reliable. This could be through giving you a portfolio of past cases so that you can call past clients. You could get information on credibility and reliability through online discussion forums, independent reviews in magazines and review sites, recommendations and consumer protection agencies such as the BBB (Better Business Bureau).
When’s the last time you heard of someone getting pulled over on suspicion of an alcohol related crime only to pass their field sobriety test and go home freely? If you said “never” then you are like the rest of us. A field sobriety test is a no win situation that hardly ever proves innocence. Contrary to popular belief, if you do take the sobriety tests and complete them with perfect balance and agility it doesn’t guarantee anything. The only thing a field sobriety test does is incriminates the person taking it. Truth be told, there are many sober people who wouldn’t be able to complete field sobriety tests in a high pressure situation like being pulled over on the side of a busy street.
Likewise if I feel the verdict may come out positive. Then I try to get the client too high, because there is always the possibility of a guilty. I usually will say I thought things went well, etc. But it is important even if I think the jury will come back with a not guilty to prepare your client for the other verdict.
By laying out the possibilities early on, I think that kind of prepares the client for what may happen. Often times when I do this it is months or weeks before the trial. But it at least gets them thinking about the finality of the jury trial, and gives them time to prepare for whatever the verdict is.
Finally, go with your gut. You need to feel, without a doubt, that you can trust your criminal lawyer. They will be the one you explain all the details of your case to, and they will be the one instructing you on how to proceed. If you feel confident and at ease with the attorney, that will go far in helping you win your case. If you feel uncomfortable with the attorney, you are going to struggle throughout the process. So, if everything else lines up and points to the attorney as highly skilled and knowledgeable in the area of law you need, trust your instincts as you make the final choice.