Murder is one of the harshest crimes you can be charged with. If you are arrested for the crime, it will not be long before you will be charged in court. But you can prove your innocence with the help of a criminal defense lawyer.
When you are brought in for questioning, the first thing you have to do is ask for a lawyer. If you can not afford one, do not worry, because a state appointed lawyer will be assigned to you. But if you have money, it is best to hire a private attorney since they have better success rates than public defenders.
Once counsel is present, work with them to come up with a defense strategy. You will have to tell them exactly what happened. If a crime has been committed, your attorney can argue the circumstances surrounding the crime and reasons the crime may have been out of your control. An example would be reason of insanity. In this instance, you would be examined by a psychiatrist.
Your plea of "guilty" or "not guilty" should be determined and you will be arraigned shortly, so that a trial date may be set.
Before trial, your defense lawyer should work on a plan to create reasonable doubt in the minds of a jury. He or she may hire expert witnesses to testify on your behalf, present strong counter arguments and evidence, and attack weaknesses in the prosecution's argument.
Your lawyer will have a chance to see what will be used in the case, and he or she may be able to suppress certain evidence if it was obtained illegally. This may even result in an acquittal.
As a defendant, the only thing you have to do is behave yourself during the court proceedings. Your lawyer will be the only one doing the talking.
The objective in a criminal trial is to cast reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury, so that no matter how many witnesses are called to testify against you, or whatever evidence is presented and used against you, you will have a solid shot at getting a "not guilty" verdict. If things do not work out in your favor, your criminal defense lawyer can appeal the decision of the court on your behalf.
Other options in a criminal case are to avoid going to court all together by negotiating and entering a plea deal with the prosecution, if one is offered or presented. For example, if there are other people involved in the crime, you can testify against them in exchange for immunity or a lesser charge. You should consider this option if ever presented to you.
A criminal defense lawyer is the only person who will be able to help you if you are charged with a serious crime like murder. By cooperating with your attorney, you can potentially avoid spending the rest of your life in prison.
Chuck Keefe, Esq.
Wilson Bush Durkin & Keefe Attorneys
184 Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060
P: (603) 595-0007
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