The principle of the right to a fair trial and to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise are both enshrined in the United States Constitution. In the real world though, there’s a big difference between the defendant protected by a lawyer that’s experienced, aggressive and tough and another whose attorney may just go through the motions or lack the needed experience. A defendant’s reputation and their very freedom are all on the line, and they need a Baton Rouge criminal defense lawyer who understands the stakes and fights accordingly.
Beall & Thies has been together as a firm for over 20 years and our attorneys have collective experience that exceeds 100 years. We fight hard and we know how to contest a prosecutor’s case. Call today at (225) 577-6223 or contact us online to set up a consultation.
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Can I represent myself?
Yes, you can. But even allowing that we have a professional bias, that’s still a serious mistake. Legal issues are often filled with nuance, and small details can make a big difference. A Baton Rouge criminal defense lawyer that deals with these cases day in and day out will be more intimately familiar with how to approach everything from plea bargaining to jury selection to witness questioning.
Will my case go to trial?
Statistics tell us that most cases do not go to trial. Sometimes prosecutors are unable to gather sufficient evidence. Other situations see prosecutors and defense lawyers reach a plea agreement. Whether your case goes to trial depends on the circumstances of your specific case.
The Value of an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer
Not everyone charged with a crime is guilty. Those for whom the evidence is stacked against still deserve fair treatment, and an attorney who will fight to see that they get a second chance. Every step in the criminal justice process is an opportunity for the attorney to advocate for their client.
Here are just a few of the ways in which we can help you:
- Plea deals: A defendant is offered a lesser charge, with the implication that if they refuse the offer, they will certainly be convicted of a more serious offense at trial. Is that true? An experienced Baton Rouge criminal defense lawyer will understand how strong the evidence is and what the likelihood of success is at trial. The final decision is always the defendants, but good advice based on years of trial experience goes a long way in making good decisions.
- Evidence: Law enforcement may not have followed proper protocols in gathering the evidence necessary to secure a conviction at trial. This is no mere “technicality.” The protection against unlawful search and seizure is a part of the Bill of Rights and it protects everyone. Experienced Baton Rouge criminal defense attorneys can hold police accountable. If evidence is shown to have been illegally obtained, it cannot be presented before a jury. If the prosecution is stripped of illicitly acquired evidence, their case can be weakened, if not eliminated altogether.
- Jury: We all have the right to be judged by a jury of our peers. But an attorney who has been through numerous trials and jury selections has a better chance of helping construct a panel that will at least by sympathetic to the case made by the defendant. Defense lawyers share in the responsibility of jury selection, along with the prosecutors and the judge. Experienced defense counsel makes the most of that opportunity.
These are critical issues where a defense attorney that’s been through the legal battles can be an important asset to their client—and we haven’t even gotten to the actual trial, where experienced counsel might be better suited to handle cross-examination of witnesses, favorable presentations to the jury and to adjust to unexpected developments.
What to Do if You’ve Been Arrested
The most important thing is to know what not to do—don’t panic. Law enforcement officers may seek to maneuver someone into a quick confession, on the grounds that it’s their only chance to plead guilty to a lesser charge. No one should plead guilty—or say anything at all—until their attorney is present. Anyone arrested has a constitutional right to have a lawyer present. That right should be invoked without hesitation.
Beall & Thies fights hard for defendants and their rights. Our criminal defense services include the following:
Don’t settle for anything less than legal counsel who has been through their share of tough legal battles, knows how to get in the trenches and understands how to challenge prosecutors and their evidence every single step of the way.
Call Beall & Thies today. We have over 100 years of combined legal experience among our lawyers, and we leverage every bit of that for the best interests of our clients.