Thursday, March 18, 2010

If I know I am innocent, do I need a lawyer?

As you are aware, the United States constitution says innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately in criminal courts, skilled and experienced prosecution will be able to attack your innocence and make you look guilty until proven otherwise. If they are an effective lawyer, he is going to put you among other defendants behind bars, although they ARE innocent like yourself.

Fact one: Our great legal system is not a perfect system

While the innocent-until-proven-guilty principle at the foundation of our legal system is noble, the legal system itself is not a perfect institution. The fact is that innocent people are sometimes convicted in our country. There are countless stories of individuals who have served their entire prison sentence, or many years of it, before some new piece of evidence (such as improved DNA technology) exonerates them.

Fact two: The defense chair is a hot seat

When you have been accused of a crime and you are in a courtroom, seated in a position of judgment, your very position as the defendant subconsciously influences judges and juries to presume that there must be some legitimate reasons why others have concluded that you should be convicted. Without a skilled criminal defense attorney in Arkansas representing your rights and skillfully presenting a case that supports your claims of innocence, these preconceived notions could lead to a guilty conviction.

It would be ideal to instead get representation for a strong defense

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