Being charged with a crime can have significant repercussions and collateral consequences even if the charges do not result in a criminal conviction. An individual can be charged with either a felony (penalty can include over a year in prison) or a misdemeanor (punishable by less than one year in prison) and authorities can legally exclude you from your own home and confiscate your property.
The Government or state is required to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and there are numerous constitutional rights that may be exploited in the defense of an individual facing criminal charges. An experienced criminal defense attorney at the inception of a case can greatly influence the eventual outcome and increase the chances of a favorable disposition.
Likewise, an attorney that is not informed on the intricate nature of federal and state law and regulations and on the nuances of dealing with law enforcement agencies can do irreparable harm to a criminal defendant’s case.