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When Should I Hire a New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer?

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When to Hire a New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to understand the many next steps to follow. Depending on the severity of your charge and other factors such as past criminal history or if this is your first offense, hiring a New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer is essential.

Here is a breakdown of the approximate timeline that will take place after you’ve been charged and the steps your New Jersey criminal defense lawyer will take. 

Charged or Subject of Investigation

The second after you’ve been charged with a crime, or you suspect you’re the subject of an investigation, it is paramount that you seek legal representation right away. The reason why this is vital is that the sooner you have a criminal defense lawyer on your case, the sooner they’ll be able to piece together your defense and represent you during the hearing. Especially during your arraignment, your criminal defense attorney will be the one to recommend how you should plead.

Pre-Trial vs. At Trial

Pre-trial, your criminal defense lawyer will do their best to get your case put away through lack of evidence or a plea deal with reduced charges. Whether that’s reduced jail time or probation instead, it’s a solution needed to help you in your case. 

At trial, a strategy will be planned by your attorney to develop a strong pull for your case. In court, your criminal defense lawyer will be speaking for you. From witnesses to cross-examination, a case will be created around the fact that the burden of proof has not been met and that there’s not enough evidence for you to be convicted of the crime. 

Benefits of Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer, they will help protect your rights and provide the best possible outcome for your case. The right qualified attorney will help you with your proceedings and advice on how to best move forward in the ever-changing and complicated legal system. And if your charge is more serious and there is no way out of it, then your lawyer will prepare your case and represent you in court. 

Having a professional by your side to help protect your rights and defend your interests in court is essential. 

Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer You Can Rely On

If you’re looking for a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, look no further than Edward J. Hesketh. Mr. Hesketh has handled over one thousand criminal cases in private practice as a solo practitioner and is here to properly address and litigate the charges you are facing. 

To obtain a free case consultation, contact us today at (908) 243-0800 or complete a quick form. We look forward to speaking with you!