Criminal Law Attorney
The primary role of a criminal lawyer is to represent their defendant in the criminal court system. This encompasses arraignments, pretrial hearings, settlement conferences, trials and sentence hearings. They defend adults and juveniles at the federal, state and local level. In order to represent clients in federal courts, a criminal lawyer must first apply for admission to practice in that court.
Typically, criminal lawyers are working on several cases at one time, each at different stages in the criminal process. Throughout the criminal process, criminal lawyers offer legal counsel to their clients that would be in their best interests. Criminal lawyers’ extensive knowledge of the law helps them safeguard their client’s constitutional rights.
There is a vast amount of time spent gathering evidence like police reports, eyewitness testimonies and any other information pertinent to the case. As a result, criminal lawyers utilize the expertise of paralegals, private investigators, litigation consultants and others to assist them.
The following tasks are characteristic of a criminal lawyer’s occupation:
Performing legal research
Creating exhibits for demonstrations in court
Accruing additional evidence in support of their case or for arguments against the prosecution’s charges
Examining the crime scene
Gathering expert witnesses to testify in court