Do I Need An Attorney If I’m Guilty of the Crime?

by J.D. Garrett on February 11, 2013

When someone is charged with a crime, it is an uphill struggle, to say the least, to be acquitted, or found not guilty. According to national statistics, about three out of every four criminal cases result in some kind of guilty finding. That leads to a very reasonable question, “Do I need an attorney?” Why does the guilty person need a criminal defense attorney? There are two rather broad approaches to answer this question.

The first has to do with the process of our criminal justice system. While it’s an often debated topic, many Americans do pride themselves on and find comfort in the fairness of the criminal justice system. We want to know that people are given a fair trial where everything is out in the open. People want to ensure that the guilty are appropriately punished and have confidence that innocent people are set free. There are noted exceptions, but generally speaking, judges and lawyers adhere to a rather strict set of guidelines which tend to promote fairness. Criminal defense attorneys act as a protectorate of those guidelines. They ensure that all of the rules are followed by the police, prosecutors and judges. If those rules are broken or ignored, then the justice system cannot be trusted. It’s a slippery slope, but if the rules are bent or relaxed just because a perceived “guilty criminal” is on trial, what happens to the next person who may in fact be innocent?

Secondly, an experienced criminal defense attorney knows what the usual or appropriate punishments are for certain offenses. The law allows for mitigating factors and circumstances to be applied to punishment. A person stealing a DVD player for his own use will likely be treated more harshly that a person stealing food to feed their hungry child, even though they are both charged with larceny. An eighteen year old “kid” who is caught with marijuana will likely be treated differently than the forty year old who “should know better”. Similarly, a drunk driver in Virginia Beach should be treated no differently than a drink driver in Richmond or Roanoke, provided they are similar cases. A criminal lawyer will know best how to present the case and circumstances to the court and see that any conviction is punished fairly.

If you or someone in your family is facing criminal charges in Virginia Beach, contact Garrett Law Group today. (757) 422-4646. Our criminal defense attorneys will work with you to see you get the best outcome possible.

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