5 Reasons to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney

One of the first questions posed to individuals facing criminal charges is whether or not they should hire a criminal defense attorney. The obvious downside is the potential costs and fees associated with hiring a lawyer. However, in many cases, the monetary fees of a criminal defense attorney are minimal compared to the life-altering costs that can result from not having the best possible defense. If you or someone you know has been arrested and is facing criminal charges, here are 5 reasons why hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is important.

1. They understand the judicial system

The legal system can be confusing, even for people who work in it every day, but an experienced defense lawyer knows the intricate workings of the court systems and can help guide you through the process based on your individual case.

2. They have dealt with cases similar to yours before

Not all attorneys are built the same. While all attorneys passed law school and the state bar to practice in the jurisdiction, different attorneys have different specialties. An experienced criminal defense attorney has dealt specifically with cases relating to criminal charges. They have experience in handling cases that may be nearly identical to yours. They know what they need to do to provide our clients with the best outcome for their respective case.

3. They can protect your future

An experienced criminal defense attorney can fight for you and your future. A good attorney may be able to get your charges reduced, your penalties lessened, or even get your case dismissed due to police errors while illegally obtaining evidence against you. By reducing your charges, they can keep a felony off your criminal record and keep you from jeopardizing your career. By reducing your possible penalties, they can keep you from jail and help you avoid losing your job. By getting your case dismissed they can save you from any negative impact that a criminal conviction could have had on your life.

4. They can assess law enforcements conduct

Criminal defense lawyers spend years learning the nuances of proper procedures and identifying the blind spots and loopholes. They know what police officers are allowed to do when investigating a client, and can look at every possible means by which the officers may have infringed upon the rights of the accused. If the evidence gathering was improper, the lawyer can get the evidence thrown out of your case and this can often lead to dismissals.

5. They can advise you on the possible outcomes

Criminal defense attorneys know the possible penalties you will face. They can advise you on what can happen if you are convicted and can advise you on the steps you should take in your specific case. They will let you know when it is in your best interest to take a plea deal from prosecutors or when you should battle the criminal charges in court.

The Law Office of Joseph Cerino has experience in defending clients facing criminal charges. If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, give us a call at (239) 561-2820 for a confidential consultation on your case.

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The law office of Joseph Cerino handles all matters of litigation, concentrating in family law including divorce, custody, child support, paternity, alimony, property division and domestic violence, as well as, criminal defense and appeals in Southwest Florida.


  1. I’m glad you explained the importance of protecting yourself during a criminal defense trial. My cousin got into a delicate legal situation, and he’s facing criminal records, so he’s desperate to know what he’d do to get the charges dropped, and I think your article will help him with that. I appreciate your information on working with a criminal defense attorney to keep your records clean.

  2. In the middle of the night, my dad called me and said that my uncle got arrested with delicate charges. I believe we should hire a lawyer before my uncle’s reputation is lost forever and he loses his business, so I’ll suggest it to my dad and share your article too. Thank you for the information on how criminal defense attorneys have years of experience to help you fight your legal issue.

  3. Steve Smith says:

    I appreciate that you explained the five reasons why you should hire a criminal defense attorney, first, they are legally inclined to defend you in court, they know what and how the law works, and they can protect you more than you can protect your own. I have a friend who has recently been convicted and he asked me if I had any idea about hiring a criminal defense attorney. Thanks to this article I will surely tell him about this and will surely contact a trustable criminal law attorney to come to his defense.

  4. Thanks for the tip to know the reasons to hire a criminal defense attorney. This is very helpful.

  5. I was captivated when you mentioned that each attorney has their own specialties. My friend needs a public notary for their documents. I should advise him to turn to a firm that offers all legal services.

  6. Mia Evans says:

    I like that you pointed out that a criminal defense lawyer who is experienced will be able to help you reduce your charges in some way as well as the penalties or even get it dismissed. I can imagine how that can be a huge help for someone who just got into that kind of situation for the first time. It can be a one-off situation which they would not want to repeat in the future.

  7. Mia Evans says:

    I like that you pointed out that criminal defense lawyers who have experience have been able to deal with cases relating to criminal charges before. In my opinion, getting the help of an attorney like that will give you the best chance of winning or clearing your name if you really are innocent. Because their experience will already give them an idea of how everything will work out in the end no matter the situation that they are in.

  8. Mia Evans says:

    I like that you talked about how criminal defense lawyers would have handled similar cases before which can provide the best outcome for your needs. It seems like it is a good idea to hire a lawyer specializing in that area if you are in that kind of situation, especially if you have been accused wrongly. With their help, your name might get cleared from all those accusations and not get convicted as well.

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