The Importance of Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Miami beach

Getting arrested for the first time in your life is an embarrassing, scary, and frustrating situation. Unfortunately, a conviction carries serious criminal penalties, such as jail or imprisonment.  

Navigating the legal system alone can be difficult and leave vulnerable to various pitfalls that could result in having you serve the maximum punishment. That is why you need to hire a criminal defense attorney to protect your rights, freedom, and future when you are dealing with the criminal justice system. 

The following are several benefits to hiring a private lawyer for your criminal case: 

  • Experience – Criminal defense attorneys are experts who have studied and practiced criminal law for many years. They have extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system to guide their clients through the unique complexities of each case. Not only do you want an attorney with several years of experience, but you also want to ensure he/she has spent significant time in the courtroom defending clients in trials. 

  • Defense – The state court has a team of prosecutors working against you to prove your guilt, which is why having your own legal professional on your side can make a significant difference. Since your lawyer is morally bound to defend you, he/she will have your back throughout the entire legal process and help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case. Your attorney can also handle all the paperwork, make sure you attend court hearings, and look out of you in general. 

  • Negotiations – If obtaining a not-guilty verdict will be a difficult task, your attorney can still help you avoid serving the maximum penalties – or even prevent you from going to jail or prison – through plea bargain negotiations with the prosecution. Make sure your attorney has a comprehensive understanding of the local court system and has built close relationships with local judges and prosecutors. 

  • Support – Going through the legal process can be emotionally overwhelming, which is why your lawyer can provide you with attentive and responsive representation inside and outside the courtroom. They go to court day in and day out and help many clients in similar situations, so they can tell you what is likely going to occur. 

Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense in Miami, do not hesitate to seek legal help from the Law Office of Armando J. Hernandez. Mr. Hernandez is a former prosecutor with over 20 years of experience handling both state and federal criminal cases throughout Florida. He has a thorough understanding of both sides of the courtroom to provide our clients with aggressive and knowledgeable legal counsel. 

If you have been arrested in Miami, contact us today at (305) 400-0074 and schedule a free consultation today. Available 24/7!